1 of 2 lawsuits to remove Robert E. Lee statue dropped; Judge in another recuses himself from case

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left on...
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is the only Confederate monument left on Monument Avenue, Friday July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The city of Richmond removed 11 Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue as well as other locations in the city. The Lee monument owned by the State of Virginia is scheduled to be removed after a court injunction is resolved. Plans to remove the statue include cutting it up into three pieces. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(Steve Helber | AP)
Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 at 7:33 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - One of the two lawsuits seeking to stop the state of Virginia from removing the Robert E. Lee Monument has been dropped by the plaintiffs. And the other pending lawsuit has been reassigned to a new judge.

The announcement about the lawsuit being dropped came just hours before a scheduled hearing Thursday where Attorney General Mark Herring had filed a motion to combine both measures.

It was filed by a group of property owners who live on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

The other lawsuit - filed by the great-grandson of one of the original deed holders for the statue - remains active. However, the judge in that case, Bradley Cavedo, recused himself from it, citing his home’s vicinity to the monument. He says presiding over the case may create an appearance of bias.

The case has now been assigned to Judge W. Reilly Marchant.

The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. That’s likely when a final decision about the fate of the state-owned statue will be made.

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