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Richmond Circuit Court Judge issues 10-day injunction on removal of Lee Monument

A Richmond Circuit Court Judge has issued a 10-day injunction on the removal of the Robert E. Lee Monument. (Source: Steve Helber through WWBT)
A Richmond Circuit Court Judge has issued a 10-day injunction on the removal of the Robert E. Lee Monument. (Source: Steve Helber through WWBT)(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 11:14 PM EDT
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A judge in Richmond has issued an injunction preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an iconic

for the next 10 days.

The temporary injunction order issued Monday says the state is a party to a deed recorded in March 1890 whereby it accepted the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on and agreed to “faithfully guard and affectionately protect” them.

Northam last week ordered the statue of Lee taken down, citing the pain felt across the country over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck.

His administration is still reviewing the judge’s order.

“Governor Northam remains committed to removing this divisive symbol from Virginia’s capital city, and we’re confident in his authority to do so.”

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