Request That Monument Hearings Be On Record

June 12, 2020 - 7:21 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 _  Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Friday filed a motion with Richmond Circuit Court Lee Statue case requesting that any further proceedings be conducted on the record, with at least twelve hours of notice, and with the option of having a court reporter present.

Herring says the request follows two hearings that were conducted without notice to the defendants, the public, or the media, and without an opportunity to create a record of what was said and done.  The first hearing, says Herring, was the initial hearing asking for a temporary restraining order to halt the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue,  and the second an unannounced hearing by phone Thursday in which the plaintiffs asked to extend the 10 day injunction Judge Bradley Cavedo granted the plaintiffs on Monday.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs also sent Herring a letter Friday afternoon, stating that “a rumor is circulating in Richmond that an 18-wheel truck is coming to the Lee Monument for the purpose of pulling it down,” and demanding that the Herring and Governor Ralph Northam “call out the state police and other such force as is necessary to protect that monument until the court can rule on the merits of the pending case.”

The plaintiff's attorney is also asking for a permanent injunction preventing removal of the statue until a full hearing can be held.  The next court date on the matter is Thursday June 18th.