Judge Sidney Fitzwater of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a temporary restraining order [text] on Wednesday prohibiting Dallas, Texas, officials from removing a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. The restraining order came after the Dallas City Council voted13 to 1 on Wednesday to remove the statue immediately. The Sons of Confederate Veterans filed a complaint the same day, alleging [Dallas News report] that the voting was done improperly. The restraining order is in effect until a hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Debate has intensified in the past years over the acceptability of confederate symbols in everyday life. Last March a federal appeals court ruled that New Orleans can remove Confederate statues. Last year a federal lawsuit was filed against the governor of Mississippi challenging the state flag, the last one in the country that bears the Confederate battle emblem. In August 2015 a judge in Texas denied a request for a temporary restraining order to halt the University of Texas at Austin from relocating a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. That July South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from the state house.
as carried in JURIST on 8.9.17