Update: Charlottesville Judge Extends Injunction on Confederate Statues
Opposing sides in a lawsuit over Charlottesville's statues to two Confederate Army generals will have to wait to see what happens next.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Opposing sides in a lawsuit over Charlottesville's statues to two Confederate Army generals will have to wait to see what happens next.
Attorneys gathered for a hearing inside Charlottesville Circuit Court Tuesday, October 24. Plaintiffs are trying to stop the city and councilors from removing the Robert E. Lee and Thomas Johnathan "Stonewall" Jackson statues from downtown parks.
Judge Richard E. Moore extended an injunction during Tuesday's court hearing, but he did not set a specific duration for it. Moore said an official date for the injunction will be scheduled once the final court order is in place.
The judge had issued a six-month injunction back on May 2, which prevented the city from taking any further actions with the controversial statues, such as moving out of Emancipation and Justice parks, respectively, or selling them. That court order was set to expire on November 2 and had originally pertained only to the Lee statue. The lawsuit was amended [pdf] on October 11 to include Jackson's statue.
The lawsuit claims Charlottesville City Council overstepped its authority when councilors voted for the statues' removal because they are protected by state code. The defense is arguing that code does not apply, because there is uncertainty as to whether the statues are memorials to the Civil War.