[WATCH] White Nationalist Can’t Afford Legal Fees, Blames Groups For Stopping His Fundraising
Well-known White Nationalist, Richard Spencer, was in court on Thursday for a hearing regarding the 2017 “Unite The Right” march in Charlottesville. The march was met with counter-protesters and became violent resulting in the death of a young woman. It was later exposed that violence had been planned by the White Nationalist and Spencer has been sued as the organizer of the march. He told a judge today that he cannot raise money for defense and might have to defend himself.
Spencer’s original lawyer, John DiNucci, withdrew from the case due to Spencer owing him a lot of money in legal fees. Spencer told the judge that his defense over the deadly rally has been “extremely expensive.” He added that it has also been a “huge burden.” He said, “This case has been financially crippling for a long time.”
Spencer complained to the judge that he keeps getting kicked off of platforms where he tries to raise money. He said, “That’s something that I have proven to be able to do in the past, fairly easy to be honest, but it’s something that I cannot do now. When I attempt to raise money, there are various groups that make it their life’s mission to get me kicked off the platform.”
DiNucci said that he could not represent Spencer to his fullest ability without more teamwork from Spencer. He said, “I don’t see a way forward. I haven’t heard any indication, today or otherwise, that there are some other means by which money will be provided.”
Spencer pointed out to the judge that it would be “catastrophic” for him if he defended himself. He said, “I would be out of my league, your honor.” He added, It’s not a question of intelligence. It’s a question of competency.”