Injunction extended against removing Lee statue in Virginia
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Workers for The Virginia Department of General Services install concrete barriers around the statue of Confederate General
Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Wednesday June 17, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The barriers are intended to protect the safety of demonstrators as well as the structure itself. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has indefinitely extended an injunction preventing the Virginia governor from removing a historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's famed Monument Avenue.
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo made the decision Thursday after hearing from attorneys for the state and for the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Gov Ralph Northam.
He gave the plantiff another 21 days to refile a new complaint.
The 12-ton 21-foot-tall statue has stood in a prominent spot along Monument Avenue since 1890.
Northam ordered its removal earlier this month, citing the pain gripping the country over the death of George Floyd.
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