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Judge Rules That Charlottesville Lee, Jackson Statues Must Stay Put

Statues of two Confederate Generals that drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville two summers ago for what became a deadly rally must remain in place, a judge ruled Wednesday.
City Council was sued for shrouding and voting to move the statues. (Hawes Spencer)

Statues of two Confederate Generals that drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville two summers ago for what became a deadly rally must remain in place, a judge ruled Wednesday. Hawes Spencer VPM news reports.

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Hawes Spencer:  The blatant displays of hate in the streets of Charlottesville and the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer led several American cities in 2017 to remove their Confederate statues. But here in Virginia, says legal analyst Scott Goodman, there's a law against moving war memorials.

Scott Goodman:  The judge is not saying that he personally believes that the statues are the right thing for the city to have in the middle of these two parks downtown. The judge is simply saying that the law in Virginia protects those statues.

Spencer:  Democrats, currently a minority in the closely-divided Virginia General Assembly, have vowed to try to change that law.

In Charlottesville, Hawes Spencer for VPM News.