'Unite the Right' organizer Jason Kessler allowed to move for job

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:24 PM EDT
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The chief organizer of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in August has received permission to move from Virginia to Ohio after a judge agreed to modify his bond.

34-year-old Jason Kessler appeared in Albemarle County court Tuesday over a felony perjury charge from an incident unrelated to the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" rally. A woman was killed at that rally after a car plowed into a group of counterprotesters.

Kessler's attorney, Mike Hallahan, told the judge that Kessler had found difficulty obtaining employment in Virginia but had been offered a sales job in Ohio.

The perjury charge stems from a sworn statement Kessler made in January, alleging he was punched while petitioning to remove a Charlottesville councilman.

However, the prosecutors said video evidence of the confrontation showed the opposite, so the man who was accused of hitting Kessler was let go and the charges dismissed.

Kessler later pleaded guilty to assaulting the man he accused.