US Judge rules Dallas can take down Robert E. Lee statue

00:20  08 september  2017
00:20  08 september  2017 Source:   foxnews.com

Judge to hear arguments in Charlottesville monument case

  Judge to hear arguments in Charlottesville monument case 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.

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. It was not immediately clear when the statue would be taken down .

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. It was not immediately clear when the statue would be taken down .

The Dallas City Council voted 13-1 to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from its namesake park in Oak Lawn© Provided by Fox News The Dallas City Council voted 13-1 to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from its namesake park in Oak Lawn

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.

The city disagreed, saying the group had no standing to contest its decision, because "being insulted by or disagreeing with the plans for the monument does not equate to a specific injury."

Judge weighs fate of Charlottesville Confederate monument

  Judge weighs fate of Charlottesville Confederate monument CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A judge in Virginia heard arguments but didn't issue a final ruling Friday on whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville's decision to remove the Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white nationalist rally should go to trial. After an hours-long hearing on a motion by city attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit, the judge sided with Charlottesville on some points, tossing them from further consideration.

People gathered Wednesday to watch a statue of Gen. Robert E . Lee being taken down in Dallas . A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the removal soon after the work began.

The group of white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E . Lee statue in a Charlottesville park. A crane to hoist the statue off its podium was already in place when Judge Fitzwater issued his restraining order halting the work.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater agreed with the city and lifted the restraining order following a hearing.

The city council voted 13-1, with one abstention, to remove the monument Wednesday afternoon. A crane to hoist the statue off its podium was already in place when Judge Fitzwater issued his restraining order halting the work.

It was not immediately clear when the statue would be taken down. The city plans to place the statue in a storage facility until a task force comes up with a final recommendation for where it should go.

That task force was scheduled to meet Thursday night to start discussions on what to do with the statue, as well as other Confederate symbols and names across the city.

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