Listen: Mary Louise, Hawes Spencer And Charlottesville discussed on All Things Considered
"Minutes. All right. I guess it could be worse at five twenty on a Friday, right? Sure. Kelly a jury in Charlottesville Virginia has found James field junior. Guilty of first degree murder fields is the self proclaimed Neo Nazi who rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters last year at a white nationalist rally. He killed one woman Heather higher and injured. Others reporter Hawes Spencer of member station. W C V E was in the courtroom today. Hawes thanks for being here. Mary Louise, thanks for having me talk me through the reaction when the in the courtroom where you were when the verdict was read out. Well, it was pretty interesting because James Alex fields has not been reacting in this courthouse throughout the trial. And tonight was no different as the guilty verdicts were read he not only didn't show any emotion. He didn't even move and really near the end of the ten verdict. He did calf a quick glance at his mother who's in a wheelchair in the front. Row with her head bowed down, but feels himself really registered zero emotion. And what about Heather hires mother, Susan, bro? Was she in the courtroom today? She was and she she remained stoic and the people around her did exactly what the judge asked them to do which was to stay quiet and not respond loudly. But there was a real you could feel the sense of relief when when the guilty verdicts were called out for all ten charges. Remind us just quickly what happened during that weekend last year that that led up to this trial? Yeah, you know, Charlottesville had been in the state of uproar for awhile in in early last year. The city council had voted to remove one of our two confederate general statues to one of Robert E Lee. And there was a lawsuit that was being waged to protest that decision. And then the rally came along it was organized by a local activist who said that his purpose was to protest, the removal of the statue. By what ended up landing in Charlottesville that August twelfth was a really wide swath of the underbelly of America. There were Nazi flags. I saw a man with a swastika tattooed on his chest. There were people carrying all kinds of what might be called fascist flags and other memorabilia. And that was the the sort of tinderkeg into which the spark was thrown where a larger number of anti racist and anti fascist counter. Protesters appeared and things things got violent. What happens next for fields after this? Guilty verdict today. Well in Virginia the jury determined the guilt, and then they reconvene and they hear evidence about what punishment if there is guilt to to Levy. So that'll happen on Monday. We don't get no storm. The jury will hear things about fields as past maybe some of his medical and psychological information that we were sort of expecting to hear at trial, but didn't come off. It'll it'll probably come up at the sentencing phase. Okay. And he yeah. He faces up to life in prison on the murder charge. So the jury will decide what they want to recommend to the judge and just briefly he also still faces a federal trial on hate on hate crimes and that trial carries the possibility of the death penalty. That's right. The the the government has not taken that off the table yet. So he he still could face the death penalty in the array of federal hate hate crime charges. All right, Spencer. A reporter with member station W CV Ha's. Thanks very much. Thanks mary. Louise. As Washington and Beijing try to keep trade talks on track. American soybean. Farmers remain in limbo. China has typically been the biggest overseas market for American soybean growers that market has shrunk dramatically since China impose tariffs on imports this summer in retaliation for US tariffs to find out how soybean farmers or managing with so much now up in the air. We've reached Josh Gakhal. Here's a soybean farmer in Culham, North Dakota. And he's on the American soybean association's board of directors, Mr. Geico, welcome to all things considered. Thank you Mary. Louise, it's good to be with you. So you have just finished harvesting your crops just this last week. How did how did it go? How did it compare to pastures while we did have a really good crop are."