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(Florida Times-Union) A federal magistrate is recommending dismissing a Jacksonville civil rights activist’s lawsuit over tax money being spent to maintain Confederate monuments and tributes, including names of five counties honoring ex-Confederates.
Disbarred attorney Earl Johnson Jr. didn’t lay out a convincing case that he has legal standing to sue, so “dismissal is warranted,” U.S. Magistrate Patricia Barksdale wrote in a report to U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard.
Howard will make the final decision on the case but assigned Barksdale to evaluate dismissal motions that lawyers for Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Ron DeSantis filed on behalf of the city and state governments.
Johnson, who campaigns to remove memorials to the Confederacy from public land through the website TakeItDownNow.org, went to court in July 2021 seeking an order barring the city and state from spending money to maintain…Lawsuit over spending for Confederate memorials could be dismissed