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Several of these defendants or their lawyers had the opportunity to question Willis, most wondering if the plaintiff had seen them or their clients at the rallies.
Since this is a conspiracy case, the plaintiffs do not need to prove that they can identify the defendants in the crowd at the rally, which U.S. District Judge Moon has repeatedly pointed out to defendants. until now.
Complainants need only convince a jury of the conspiracy allegation through the preponderance of the standard of proof, rather than the higher bar of beyond a reasonable doubt used in criminal trials.
Bryan Jones, a Charlottesville-based attorney representing defendants Michael Hill, Michael Tubbs and the Southern League, spent much of his cross-examination questioning Willis about the UTR rally.
Specifically, Jones appeared to be trying to create the foundation that Willis and other anti-racist protesters prevented protesters from entering Market Street Park on August 12, 2017, a claim Willis denied.
Willis said he joined other protesters at the rally to block Market Street, but repeatedly told defense attorney throughout the day that there were other routes into the park where the UTR gathering was to take place.
“I think if the Market Street trail [to the park] was stuck when we were doing our token booth, so the most efficient way would have been to just use the sidewalk, ”said Willis. “But after that, you could walk around the block in the park. “