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Virginia AG seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Lee statue

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 21:21:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's attorney general says a lawsuit seeking to stop the governor's plan to remove a large statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond should be dismissed.

Attorney General Mark Herring made that argument in a court filing Tuesday.

He also filed a brief opposing the plaintiff’s motion to extend the existing 10-day injunction preventing the statue’s removal.

The lawsuit was filed against Northam by a man described as a descendant of two signatories to an 1890 deed that transferred the statue to the state.

The state’s brief argues the deed does not prevent the governor from removing the statue.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday.