Confederate monuments can't be moved until appeal is heard, says 5th Circuit


A federal appellate court put the brakes on the city’s plans to remove three Confederate monuments and a statue honoring a white supremacist revolt.

A March 25 ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction against Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials, preventing the removal of the monuments before the plaintiffs have a chance to have their appeal heard. The monuments’ removal was decided by a New Orleans City Council vote in December following Landrieu’s proposal and several public meetings. The Monumental Task Committee, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Foundation for a Historical Louisiana, and Beauregard Camp No. 130 filed a suit against the city following that decision, but their case was dismissed in federal court.

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