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Va. House Speaker sued after Confederate statue removal

Posted at 1:39 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 15:32:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two attorneys have filed lawsuits against the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn seeking more information about the removal of Confederate statues and artifacts from the Virginia State Capitol.

The lawsuits, filed Tuesday in Richmond General District Court, are related to Filler-Corn's order that a bronze statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and busts of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and generals Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart be taken out of the Old House chamber.

That removal began late on July 23 and continued through the night to the surprise of many.

Lee statue removed from Virginia State Capitol

Northern Virginia attorney David Webster later sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information about how the decision to remove the artifacts was made, how the company that removed the items was hired, and emails involving the speaker.

The lawsuit was filed after Webster was told that records regarding several of his questions did not exist.

This is a developing story.