A judge said Wednesday (10/4) that the state’s controversial law banning removal of war memorials may apply to Charlottesville’s Civil War statues.
Judge Rick Moore ruled that despite a contrary opinion by the state attorney general, the statue of Robert E. Lee may be governed by state law. In a further win for statue supporters, the judge added an equestrian figure of Stonewall Jackson to his temporary do-not-move list.
Jane Smith served on a commission that recommended removing Lee and renaming the parks. Smith said, “I feel like those statues are attracting people from both sides to those parks, and then you have a collision.”
Judge Moore, however, scoffed at blaming bronze figures for the violence at the recent white supremacist rally, and he gave the plaintiffs 21 days to bolster their case.