Virginia Supreme Court clears way for Confederate Statue removal

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Charlottesville can remove two Confederate statues in city parks that were erected in the early 1920’s. In February  2017, Council voted to remove statues of two Confederate generals and were soon sued by a group who argued the statues were protected war memorials under a law that passed the General Assembly in 1997. A Charlottesville Circuit Court judge backed them up the plaintiffs in an October 2019 ruling.  

“It has long been the law of the Commonwealth that retroactive application of statutes disfavored,” reads the opinion.

Four assignments of error in the opinion written by Justice Bernard Goodwyn (download)

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