Judge Extends Ban On Lee Statue Removal

(Richmond)- A judge is extending an order indefinitely that bans the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond. Governor Northam ordered the statue to be removed as soon as possible two weeks ago, but several lawsuits have been filed barring the removal. A Circuit Court judge said yesterday that the monument is property of the people, not the governor. He’s set to hold a hearing on the case again in late July. The lawsuit considered yesterday claims that the state is supposed to consider the monument perpetually sacred, according to language in the deed.