(AP) — The Supreme Court
has upheld the convictions of two men who took part in a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia
in 2017 as members of a white supremacist group.
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear the cases of Michael Miselis and Benjamin Daley, who attended the rally as members of the "Rise Above Movement
," or "RAM." Both pleaded guilty to federal rioting charges in connection with the Virginia rally.
The Supreme Court made no comment in dismissing their cases, as is customary.
Miselis and Daley admitted to punching and kicking demonstrators who came to protest
white nationalists during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville
in August 2017. One person died after a car plowed into a crowd of people
peacefully protesting the rally, and shortly after, a Virginia State Police
helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed, killing the pilferer.
Miselis and Daley had appealed their convictions, claiming that the Anti-Riot Act, which they pleaded guilty to violating, is overbroad under the First Amendment
's free speech
clause, but a federal appeals court ruled against them.
Miselis received a 27-month sentence while Daley received a 37-month sentence.