CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Members of a group trying to stop the city of Charlottesville from removing two confederate statues are requesting a change of venue for their lawsuit. The Monument Fund filed the lawsuit in March 2017 against the city and city councilors at the time over a vote to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the defendants' positions as councilors make it difficult to find an unbiased jury. They also cite issues with the temporary courtroom.

"It's just very small, lack of air conditioning. It may not have proper ADA access for people with disabilities.  We just think the physical space is not going to be suitable for a trial of this nature,” said Plaintiff Charles Weber.

The group argues councilors violated a state code that bans the removal of war memorials. Trial is set for September.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville are requesting a change of venue for the proceedings, citing potential jury bias in the case of what they say was the illegal removal of Confederate monuments.

The Roanoke Times reports the lawsuit was filed by the Monument Fund in March 2017. The plaintiffs say Charlottesville City Council violated a state code that bans the removal of war memorials, when it voted in 2016 to take down statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

The Roanoke Times reports that in a recent filing, the plaintiff's attorneys argued the defendants' positions as councilors would make it difficult to find an unbiased jury.

The paper says the defendants have not responded. The trial is set for September.

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