Judge Rules Lee Can Come Down

But Stays Ruling Ahead of Likely Appeal

October 27, 2020 - 5:23 pm
The Lee Monument on the morning (June 3, 2020) that Governor Ralph Northam ordered it removed.  (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -- A Richmond Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Commonwealth can take down the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue.  The judge, determining that requiring the monument to remain ran counter to public policy as put fourth by the General Assembly.  The General Assembly just weeks ago adopted budget language that got rid of the language accepting the Monument a century ago, and the budget also appropriated money to remove it.

The decision was stayed, however, so that it can be appealed to the Supreme Court of Virginia, which will have the final say.  The plantiffs had argued the deeds giving the state the monument required the Commonwealth to care for and protect it.

Governor Ralph Northam ordered the monument down back in June, following the death of George Floyd, and the protests that followed.