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White nationalist's lawyer wants out of Charlottesville rally violence case

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 15:36:48-04

A leading white nationalist figure in the U.S. blames his notoriety for his failure to pay a lawyer to defend him against a lawsuit over violence that erupted at a Virginia rally that he helped organize.

Richard Spencer’s attorney on Thursday asked a federal magistrate judge for permission to withdraw from representing him in the case.

The lawyer, John DiNucci, said Spencer owes him a significant amount of money in legal fees and hasn’t been cooperating adequately.

Spencer told U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe that the lawsuit over the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 has been “financially crippling.”

Hoppe didn't immediately rule on DiNucci's request.