US Judge to hear arguments in Charlottesville monument case

13:21  01 september  2017
13:21  01 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Confederate memorial removed from outside Maryland court

  Confederate memorial removed from outside Maryland court A Confederate memorial has been removed from outside a Maryland courthouse.Photos posted on Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's Facebook page show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck. Photos posted on Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's Facebook page show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck. The monument includes the names of dozens of Confederate soldiers from the area.

CHARLOTTESVILLE , Va. — A judge in Virginia is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit over Charlottesville 's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Attorneys for both sides will be in court Friday for a hearing on whether the lawsuit should proceed.

(AP) — A judge in Virginia is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit over Charlottesville 's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Charlottesville has since shrouded the monument with a black tarp as a symbol of mourning for the woman who was killed.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, people look at the covered statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. The move to cover the statues was intended to symbolize the city's mourning for Heather Heyer, killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, people look at the covered statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. The move to cover the statues was intended to symbolize the city's mourning for Heather Heyer, killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A judge in Virginia is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit over Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Attorneys for both sides will be in court Friday for a hearing on whether the lawsuit should proceed. The city has asked that it be dismissed.

A group of plaintiffs that includes area residents and the Virginia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sued after Charlottesville's City Council voted earlier this year to remove the statue. They say that decision violates a state law on memorials for war veterans.

The controversy sparked the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" rally that descended into violent chaos. Charlottesville has since shrouded the monument with a black tarp as a symbol of mourning for the woman who was killed.

Judge rules Dallas can take down Robert E. Lee statue .
A federal judge ruled Thursday that officials in Dallas can go forward with removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park, one day after he issued a temporary restraining order halting its removal. The Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans claimed that the Dallas City Council's vote to remove the statue from its namesake park in Dallas' Oak Lawn neighborhood violated the First Amendment and the right to due process.

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