Va. Judge Finds ‘Inescapable’ Law, CSA Statues Must Stay

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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville has been designated as a "memorial for war veterans," meaning it is currently protected in its place by Virginia state law, a circuit court judge confirmed in a ruling recently. (Getty Images photo)

The Daily Mail – A circuit court judge declared the statues of Confederate generals  in Charlottesville, Virginia, cannot be removed without permission from the state.

In a nine-page ruling, Judge Richard E. Moore asserted the statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, who fought against the abolition of slavery in the Civil War, meet classification as memorials for war veterans and, as such, are protected by Virginia law.

Moore stated, “I find this conclusion inescapable. It does no good pretending they are something other than what they actually are.” It is unlawful for the local authorities to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials.

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