Virginia

Convictions on both sides out of Confederate campaign rally

A confrontation over a cellphone at a Confederate monuments rally by Republican candidate Corey Stewart resulted in convictions for both a left-wing protester and a man who confronted her.
    
News outlets report that 29-year-old Sara Michel Tansey was convicted of destruction of property for taking the cellphone of right-wing activist Jason Kessler, who was using the phone to livestream a feed of the February campaign rally.
    
Sixty-five-year-old Joseph Draego was convicted of assault for using excessive force in retrieving the cellphone for Kessler.
    
Both were convicted Monday in Charlottesville General District Court. Tansey received a $50 fine, which was suspended, plus court costs. Draego received a $100 fine, plus court costs.
    
Draego denied using excessive force at his hearing and has appealed his conviction to circuit court.

 


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