James Fields asks for mercy. Does he deserve it? The Neo-nazi man, James Fields, who killed a protester by running over her with his car during a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 is asking for mercy. His attorney argues that he had shown remorse and so deserves clemency.
In 2017, James Fields killed a 32-year-old woman who was participating an anti-racism protest in Charlottesville, Virginia by running her over with his powerful Dodge Challenger. He was charged with 30 counts of crimes, including the murder of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old activist. He is facing life in prison.
However, in a sentencing memo written by James Fields’s lawyer, the latter argues that his client does not deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison because of his young age, traumatic childhood and mental illness. However, the prosecution disagrees. And perhaps most of America along with the family and friends of Ms. Heyer who lost a bright and promising young woman.
The protests and anti-protests opposing neo-nazi groups and antifa protesters in 2017 in Charlottesville took the world by surprise. After the events in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, President Donald Trump was initially reluctant to openly condemn these xenophobic activists, which sparked a national controversy.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalist. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly,” Trump said.
“You also had some very fine people on both sides,” he added.
Instead of condemning the murder, the President instead went after the media, which reported on his lackluster response.
Mr. Fields lawyers argued back then assured that he was “scared to death” when he drove into the crowd with his vehicle, while the prosecution pointed at his “anger”.
While the fact that he was driving the Dodge Challenger is not disputed, his intentions are at the heart of the arguments of the defense and the prosecution. One of his lawyers, John Hill, described August 12, 2017 as a day of chaos where “disputes broke out” between protesters and counter-protestors, some of whom were armed.
According to him, James Fields expressed remorse after his arrest. He told police he “feared for his safety and was scared to death,” said Hill.
However, the prosecutor maintains that Fields has shown no remorse for his crimes and deserves a life sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for June 28th.