|Congratulations to Fred Taylor and the Stonewall Camp #380 ! #winning
“Monumental Victory in Portsmouth”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Judge William S. Moore, Jr., Chief Judge of the Portsmouth Circuit Court, has dismissed the claims brought by the City of Portsmouth against the Stonewall Camp #380, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
In October of 2016, the City of Portsmouth had sought a declaratory judgment to establish its ownership of Portsmouth’s Confederate monument and authority to relocate the monument. The Stonewall Camp filed a demurrer to the City’s Complaint, and challenged these claims in a hearing held on March 5.
Noting that the City’s claim sought a “de facto advisory opinion” from the Court, Judge Moore in a May 1 Opinion and Order rejected the City’s assertion that it had brought a proper claim before the Court. Furthermore the Judge noted in his opinion that the City’s allegations failed to establish sufficient facts to seek a declaratory judgment.
Stonewall Camp attorney, Fred D. Taylor, Esq., was pleased with the ruling and stated that the Court’s decision was a “clear vindication of the law and monument protection.”
The Portsmouth Confederate Monument, located at the former town square on Court Street, is listed on the National