Charlottesville rally lawsuit to proceed despite Nathan Damigo’s bankruptcy filing

first_imgMatthew Hatcher/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) — Bankruptcy is no shield for a white nationalist targeted in a lawsuit concerning the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to a recent ruling from a federal judge.Nathan Damigo, one of the organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, filed for bankruptcy protection to protect his assets from a civil lawsuit, which is moving toward trial this summer.The suit was filed by 10 plaintiffs from Charlottesville who said they were injured by the same car attack that left counterdemonstrator Heather Heyer dead.The plaintiffs can “proceed with litigation” against Damigo, federal bankruptcy court judge Ronald Sargis wrote last week.“As our plaintiffs argued, Nathan Damigo should be held accountable — and remain liable — for the harm he caused in Charlottesville. We’re glad the court agreed,” Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First America, the nonprofit organization backing the lawsuit against Damigo, Richard Spencer and organizations like the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said in a statement to ABC News.The lawsuit accused the defendants of an unlawful conspiracy and sought damages for the violence in Charlottesville over two days in August 2017.“It’s going to be very clear what the defendants planned for, foresaw and executed,” Karen Dunn of Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the high-profile attorneys representing the plaintiffs, told ABC News.In November, the judge allowed the plaintiffs access to the defendants’ electronic devices, and Dunn claimed there is evidence of premeditated harm.“There’s discussion of vehicles into crowds of people and how to defend that legally afterwards,” Dunn said.The case was brought under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 that was meant to protect the civil and political rights of millions of freed slaves from vigilante groups during Reconstruction.“This lawsuit is not seeking to prevent them from speaking or believing anything that they want,” Robbie Kaplan of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, who is representing the plaintiffs and is known for winning the landmark Supreme Court case that laid the groundwork for marriage equality, told ABC News. “While their views are odious to us, they are not the issue. The issue is, motivated by those views, that they agreed to engage in an illegal conspiracy to commit violence.”The defense has said the lawsuit lacks specifics.“Plaintiffs complaint is long on coarse internet language regarding non-whites and short on allegations of racial violence perpetrated by any moving defendant,” defense attorneys said in a motion to dismiss that was later denied.They also said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a conspiracy.“Plaintiffs have failed to make any credible allegation that any moving defendant came to any agreement with anybody, to do anything, other than march and chant in Charlottesville,” defense attorneys said in a filing.Despite those arguments, the judge recently ruled the lawsuit can proceed. Trial is scheduled for July.“The larger statement here is going to be, we hope, that our American system of justice protects and defends our values and stands against those who do things that are contrary to our values,” Dunn told ABC News.Aside from damages the plaintiffs aimed to “ensure that nothing like this will happen again at the hands of the defendants,” the lawsuit said.“Certainly we want to hold these guys to account,” Kaplan told ABC News. “But the legal system in our country also serves another purpose and that is to send a message.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cashed up and searching for a better deal, Sydney and Melbourne buyers hunt for Brisbane houses

first_imgSouthern buyers are fuelling demand for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.But while demand for houses is heating up, the Herron Todd White report reveals the Brisbane apartment market is a different story.It’s declining, along with Canberra, Perth, Gippsland and South West Western Australia, according to the report.Owner-occupier designed units in Brisbane are still doing well if priced appropriately, but demand from interstate and overseas investors is cooling rapidly.“In our experience, new units are off about 5 per cent from their market highs if they were purchased in the past three years,” the report said. Houses in New Farm, like this one for sale at 255 Moray Street, are in high demand.Steve Condon from Place Estate Agents – Coorparoo said Camp Hill and the surrounding suburbs of Coorparoo and Holland Park were attracting strong interest from southern residents.“I’ve actually got an interstate buyer coming up this Thursday I’ll be showing properties to,” he said. “They’ve made the decision they don’t want to spend their money in Sydney anymore and instead spend money in Brisbane and eventually move here.”Mr Condon said Camp Hill’s proximity to the CBD, large parcels of land and good capital growth made it attractive to interstate investors and owner-occupiers.Another market trend Herron Todd White has uncovered is in Bulimba, in Brisbane’s inner east.“Where it used to be cool to acquire a large double block with a classic cottage, many are looking to get a post-war and enjoy more flexible options when it comes to a possible demolition and rebuild.”The report said there was strong demand for both renovated Queenslanders and modern homes completed to a high standard. Houses in Camp Hill, like this one for sale at 121 Martha Street, are in high demand.Herron Todd White Queensland managing director Gavin Hulcombe said there seemed to be a strong correlation between interstate migration and sales volumes.“The spread between Sydney and Brisbane prices is arguably as wide as it has been for the past 12 to 15 years,” Mr Hulcombe said.“We’re seeing southern buyers come here and see value within some of Brisbane’s better suburbs close to the city.”According to the latest ABS data, Queensland recorded positive net interstate migration of 11,581 in 2015-16 – only second to Victoria.The Herron Todd White report said buyers should be prepared to fork out more than $1 million to snap up a quality house close to the CBD. In West End, stock is in scarce supply, but for between $1 million and $1.3 million, you can find a 4-bedroom home on a 200sq m to 300sq m lot.In Camp Hill, $1.25 million to $1.75 million will get you a decent sized house on a standard 405sq m block, according to the report.Expect to pay between $900,000 and $1.5 million to get in the door in New Farm or Teneriffe – and even then the house will still need some work. Demand is heating up for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.WE knew they were coming, but it appears southern property buyers have finally arrived in Brisbane.Cashed up and after more bang for their buck, Sydney and Melbourne suitors are on the hunt for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.The latest Herron Todd White Month in Review reveals buyers are willing to pay big bucks for quality properties close to the city, particularly in the suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Camp Hill and West End.Demand is coming from owner-occupiers and local investors who are competing with Sydney and Melbourne buyers, who think nothing of dropping between $1 million and $1.5 million on a house.“For that sort of money they’re barely getting a garage the same distance from the CBD in Sydney,” the report said. Houses in Teneriffe, like this one for sale at 30 Waverley Street, is in high demand.“Sydney and Melbourne buyers moving to Brisbane are conditioned to paying much higher prices than perhaps the local market,” Mr Hulcombe said.“But they are still competing with the local market because these suburbs are still highly regarded areas.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoAnd it’s not the just ready-to-move in stock that’s attracting attention.The report said inner-city houses with the potential to renovate or demolish and rebuild had investors and owner occupiers in a frenzy. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said more than 80 per cent of inquiries about Brisbane properties came from Sydney and Melbourne residents looking to invest.Mr Pressley said they usually fit two demographics – the long-standing resident or the “rentvestor”.“There’s the long-standing Sydney or Melbourne resident whose home has grown in value in the last three to four years and want to do something with it as they’re hearing the warnings Sydney and Melbourne won’t always be like this,” he said.“And then there’s the “rentvestor” – the younger, Gen Y millennial.”Mr Pressley said their first home was often an investment property in a more affordable city and Brisbane was the next alternative.last_img read more

Debutants, Frimpong and Otoo score in test game

first_imgBlack Stars debutants Mahatma Otoo and Emmanuel Frimpong scored in Ghana’s 5-0 test game win against second-tier side Asokowa Deportivo.The game at the Baba Yara Stadium saw coach Kwesi Appiah play two different sides in both halves.After the first 45 minutes, the Black Stars were up two-zero with goals coming from Otoo and Frimpong.There were also three other first-timers in the side that played the first half as Yaw Frimpong, Baba Rahman and David Accam all enjoyed a run out.The Black Stars returned from the break with a new squad and were rewarded with three more goals through Majeed Waris, Agyemang Badu and Mubarak WakasoThe test game formed part of the Black Stars’ preparations ahead of Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan. First halfAdam Kwarasey, Yaw Frimpong, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Awal, Emmanuel Frimpong, Solomon Asante, Rabiu Mohammed, Mahatma Otoo, David Accam, Albert Adomah.Second halfFatau Dauda/Daniel Agyei, Harrison Afful, Kissi Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Agyemang Badu, Sulley Muntari, Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.last_img read more