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Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 11:31 PM
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Augustus Invictus
Augustus Invictus

Austin Gillespie, better known as Augustus Sol Invictus, was one of the organizers of the right-wing rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. He is also a retired Florida lawyer who announced Tuesday he is seeking Florida's Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Although he is now retired and no longer practices law, Invictus' involvement in the rally and its planning—his name featured prominently on posters advertising the rally—raises the question: Do white supremacists have a place in law?

According to the American Bar Association, it is generally what lawyers do—rather than what they believe—that can leave them open to attorney disciplinary action or a challenge to their admission to the bar.

"Any disciplinary action would be based on actions not beliefs. But each state bar has a character provision," said ABA spokesman Robert Robinson.


There is at least one example of a known white supremacist being denied admission to the bar in Illinois—a case that was written about in a 2006 law review article. In that instance, the Illinois state bar denied admission to a recent law school graduate who was also the leader of a group that advocated the deportation of Jews, blacks and other minority groups.

Invictus previously ran a firm in Orlando called Imperium PA. He was admitted to the bar in at least four states—Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York—but as of Tuesday, none of those registrations remains active, according to bar records. In Florida, for instance, he is listed as retired.

He has largely steered clear of identifying directly as a white supremacist, having denied association with such groups during his previous Senate campaign in 2015, when he attempted to become the Libertarian Party nominee who would challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. He mustered just over 1,000 votes on his way to losing the state's Libertarian Party primary, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Despite his claims that he is not tied to white supremacy groups, he has advocated right-wing political views and is responsible for a website called "The Revolutionary Conservative," which advocates a violent uprising with goals such as "the defense of the West, starting with the restoration of the American republic."

In addition, the logo on the Facebook page of his former firm, Imperium, appears to be a "fasces," which The New York Times described in a video on Tuesday about white supremacist symbols that were on display in Charlottesville. The Times reported that the fasces symbol harkens back to Italy's National Fascist Party before and during World War II. Another version of the symbol appears at the top of Invictus' Twitter page.

In his Senate candidacy announcement on Tuesday, Invictus referenced the events in Charlottesville, accusing the left of "physically attacking patriot gatherings, free speech rallies, and protests of the destruction of our heritage in the South." He also accused the media of creating a "false narrative" that sought to blame right-wing activists for the violence in Charlottesville, and said federal politicians have gone along with the media, when "they should be concerned with the interests of American citizens, not the welfare of foreigners and the profits of special interests."

If Invictus were still practicing law, his role in the Charlottesville rally might have been enough to get him in disciplinary hot water, said Richard Marx, a solo practitioner in Florida who handles defense for lawyers facing disciplinary complaints.

"I would think that anybody who is behaving in a way that relates to what I saw in the last couple days could have a serious problem with his license," Marx said. "Once you have a license to practice law, your entire life becomes an open book and anything you do outside of the practice of law could lead to disciplinary action."

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LGAll65215
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 11:35 PM
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Oh for gods sake.
His picture and his new name are nuts .

If he runs and is elected , it will appear that it's another episode of The Twilight Zone that began on Election Day!.
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:05 AM
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Oh, this is the guy who sacrificed the goat and drank its blood.
joyfree
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:18 AM
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Another freaking idiot.

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:19 AM
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throwing up

Quoting -Celestial-: Oh, this is the guy who sacrificed the goat and drank its blood.


LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:23 AM
The haircut totally gives it away...
LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:25 AM
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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-ap-florida-senate-sacrificing-goat-20151005-story.html

Yep...*gag*


Quoting -Celestial-: Oh, this is the guy who sacrificed the goat and drank its blood.
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:29 AM
His "name" means "majestic unconquered sun"



ReadWriteLuv
by Khaleesi on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:33 AM
Let's be real here.

It's Florida. He will probably win.
SuG4
by Firestarter on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:35 AM
LMAO!!! Aww.... Napoleon had short-man syndrome!!!

Quoting joyfree:

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Another freaking idiot.

Seashell77
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2017 at 12:44 AM

Despite his claims that he is not tied to white supremacy groups, he has advocated right-wing political views and is responsible for a website called "The Revolutionary Conservative," which advocates a violent uprising with goals such as "the defense of the West, starting with the restoration of the American republic."


The above kind of says it all!!!!!!  Remember, this person organized the Charlottesville Rally, so what does that say about the true agenda of the rally?

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