Plaintiffs drop 1 lawsuit, file another over Lee statue

Plaintiffs drop 1 lawsuit, file another over Lee statue
Six residents of Monument Avenue have withdrawn their legal effort to block Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of property owners in Richmond, Virginia, has dropped one lawsuit and replaced it with another seeking to block the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Gov. Ralph Northam has pledged to remove the statue amid nationwide protests over racial injustice and the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers.

Attorney General Mark Herring has pledged to defend that stance.

Herring moved an initial lawsuit the plaintiffs had filed in state court earlier this week to federal court.

In response, the plaintiffs dropped the suit altogether on Thursday and refiled a new, similar suit in state court. The plaintiffs’ attorney confirmed the action.

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