Sines vs. Kessler – In Case You Were Wondering

The lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, in which Michael Hill, Michael Tubbs, and The League of the South were co-defendants, ended on Tuesday, November 23, with a hung jury on two of the three claims that pertained. Those two claims were for Conspiracy to Commit Violence on the Basis of Race and Failure to Stop the Conspiracy. The plaintiffs may or may not opt for a new trial on those two federal claims.

The third claim of Conspiracy (to do what, we don’t know) was a charge brought under Virginia State law. On that claim the jury awarded seven of the nine plaintiffs $1.00 each in compensatory damages (essentially recognizing that they were not injured) plus $500,000 in punitive damages per individual defendant and $1 million per organization. Hence, Hill, Tubbs, & The League were hit with total punitive damages of $2 million. However, a Virginia state statute limits punitive damages to $350,000 per defendant, and motions are in the process of being filed, which, if applied, would drastically reduce damages.

Additionally, a Supreme Court case from the 1990s set a precedent for punitive damages not to exceed nine times the compensatory damages awarded. If applied, this ruling would significantly reduce the total amount owed by Hill, Tubbs, & The League.

Regardless of the outcome of the motions and appeals made in the coming months, The League of the South will continue as long as your support of us continues. We have been surprised and gratified by the amount of support, both moral and financial, that we have received since the lawsuit was filed over four years ago. That is why we are still here. We maintain our innocence of the claims against us and we intend to fight them as long as necessary.

The new issue of The Free Magnolia is now available. As you can imagine, we’ve been awaiting the outcome of the trial. If you would like one current copy of the publication, email: and include your name, mailing address and phone number and we will be happy to send you one. If you like what you read, consider visiting to learn more about ordering in bulk.

We solicit your continued interest, support, and prayers. As long as we have operating funds and people like you who are behind us, the leftist agenda cannot stop us. We know that the principles of our Southern and Christian ancestors, who were right almost two centuries ago, still drive you. They drive us too. As Jefferson Davis remarked, those principles, in defeat in his day, would have to await another time and place. This may be that time and place. If so, we are indeed an honored generation.

Sincerely, for Southern independence,

Michael Hill