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Breaking: Judge Blocks Ralph Northam’s Move To Take Down Robert E. Lee Statue

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From THEHILL.COM

A Virginia judge on Monday temporarily blocked Gov. Ralph Northam (D) from ordering the removal of a large statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from the Monument Ave. traffic circle located in downtown Richmond, Va.

Judge Bradley B. Cavedo, according to multiple reports, issued a 10-day injunction halting Northam’s order in the face of a lawsuit, contending that the state had agreed to protect the statue when it annexed the land.

In a court filing obtained by The Washington Post an attorney for plaintiff William Gregory argues that Virginia agreed to “faithfully guard it and affectionately protect it,” referring to the statue when the state annexed the land from Henrico County in 1890. Gregory is the grandson of a couple involved in the land deal, according to court documents.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office said that state officials believe they have the authority to go forward with the statue’s removal. The towering edifice was constructed in the years after Lee’s death i… (Read more)

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