Louisville judge clears way for Confederate monument removal

Judge: City can remove Confederate Statue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ended a restraining order that barred the city of Louisville from removing a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville.

A group of residents and the Sons of Confederate Veterans opposed removing the 1895 stone obelisk monument and won a temporary restraining order a few days after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced it would be removed on April 29.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman on Wednesday presided over several hours of testimony from the monument's supporters, who argued that the city does not own it and that it could be damaged or crumble if it is removed.

Burkman asked that the city not take any action until she issues a written ruling.

Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement on the ruling by Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman:

"I am pleased with the judge's ruling that the city owns the monument and has the right to move it. We will await the judge's final written ruling before taking next steps. In the meantime, my team will be working with the Commission on Public Art and the University of Louisville to evaluate disassembling, restoring and relocating the monument."

© 2017 Associated Press


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