CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Opening statements began Thursday morning in the Sines v Kessler case in federal court in Charlottesville.

In working to prove the defense planned violence the weekend of Aug. 12, 2017, plaintiff attorney Kara Dunn started by showing video of the torch march that took place on Aug. 11 on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Dunn shared other videos, pictures and even text messages to show that the defense had pre-planned the violence that weekend.

That evidence included an email Richard Spencer sent to his fan base claiming "the torch march was only a prequel,” stating there was much more to come.

The plaintiffs' attorney followed that up with a video of James Fields, Jr.'s car driving into a crowd on Aug. 12, which killed one person and injured several others.

Dunn also played an audio clip from Christopher Cantwell’s podcast saying he doesn’t hate black people, but they are a problem for him.

After a recess, the attorneys for the defendants began their opening statements, which moved much faster.

As for the defense, James Kolenich, who is defending Jason Kessler, Nathan Damigo and Identity Evropa, said they do not deny the plaintiffs' injuries but the organizers of the rally are not responsible for them.

Kolenich spoke for less than ten minutes.

Spencer, who is representing himself, began his opening statements saying, "I have certain regrets being involved in the rally. I have learned certain lessons."

Spencer goes on to say the plaintiffs cannot use his speech to prove he was a part of the planning process or involved in any violence.

He followed up with a tweet he made on Aug. 12 asking for people to disperse and leave Charlottesville.

Cantwell, who is also representing himself, claimed the plaintiffs will also use his speech against him to convict him of conspiracy.

He says his career as an entertainer has caused a lot of people to not like him, but that doesn’t make him guilty of planning violence.

Cantwell went on to say, "Right-wing rallies only turn violent when leftists attack."

Witness testimony is set to begin Friday at 9 a.m.