NC appeals court dismisses challenge to Louisburg’s Confederate monument removal

(The old ‘Lack of Standing’ ploy strikes again! How is it that anyone on the left always has automatic standing to sue? It is never even questioned. -DD)

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(WUNC) – The North Carolina Court of Appeals has rejected a lawsuit against the town of Louisburg’s decision to move its Confederate monument.

The Confederate monument stood for more than a century in the center of Main Street in the Franklin County town. But in 2020, the Town Council voted to move the monument to a nearby cemetery where Confederate soldiers are buried.

Town leaders worried protests against similar statues across the country could lead to a safety issue if protesters tried to remove the monument themselves. Between May 25, 2020 — the day of George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota — and Jun 14, 2021, at least 24 Confederate monuments were moved or removed in North Carolina, according to data tracked by WUNC.

Opponents of the decision filed a lawsuit against the town of Louisburg. They argued that the emergency Zoom meeting held to vote on the monument’s future didn’t comply with state open meetings laws. And they said the town violated a state law that bans the removal of monuments from public property.

But the appeals court’s majority ruled that the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit because they don’t have an ownership stake in the monument.

While the lawsuit provides “various and conflicting positions about who owns the monument — whether it be Franklin County, a specific county…

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