The City Attorney issued a legal opinion to the Monument Avenue Commission for the November 14th work session.
"To summarize my conclusions, no such monuments may be removed except at the risk of exposure to legal liabilities until either the courts or the General Assembly provide clarity to certain generally applicable state laws. Some monuments, including the Monument Avenue statues, may not be removed without still further action by the General Assembly to negate restrictions contained in the City Charter. Finally, placing permanent markers near the monuments that provide contextual information about them, and do not either disturb the monuments themselves or interfere with the ability of reasonable people to view them, would likely be viewed as being consistent with state law without further action by either the courts or the General Assembly.
The City Attorney also issued a legal opinion to the City Council in October.
- You can read about that story in the Times-Dispatch here.
- You can read about that story in the Free-Press here.