Charlottesville judge says law protecting war memorials applies to Lee statue

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A circuit court judge said Wednesday that a state law protecting war memorials applies retroactively to Charlottesville’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, but he wants more proof that the statue of a single historical figure counts as a military monument.

Finding no fatal flaw in a Virginia statute preserving war statues, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore’s ruling upheld most of a lawsuit seeking to block Charlottesville from removing the Lee statue from a downtown park. The judge gave the plaintiffs — a pro-statue coalition that includes Confederate heritage groups — 21 days to present a stronger case that a statue honoring Lee has an inherent connection to war.

However, Moore denied a motion made by the coalition asking him to issue a preliminary injunction instructing the city to remove black plastic tarps from the Lee statue and a nearby statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

Source: UPDATED: Charlottesville judge says law protecting war memorials applies to Lee statue, but more facts needed on monument’s origins | Central Virginia | richmond.com

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