Judge finds Charlottesville councilors immune in statue lawsuit

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Current and former members of the Charlottesville City Council will not be held personally liable in the lawsuit over Confederate statues downtown.

Judge Richard Moore ruled the councilors have immunity in the case because they did not act with gross negligence when making the vote to remove the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The plaintiffs were seeking damages from the councilors for what they called an illegal decision.

Councilor Wes Bellamy said he's pleased about the ruling, but the case has a long way to go.

"It's a marathon, not a sprint, whenever you're dealing with situations like this," said Bellamy. "Essentially, we're setting a precedent for the state of Virginia. Regardless of what happens when the local case is over, it will go to the state courts."

CBS19 News reached out to the plaintiff's attorney as well, but did not hear back.

The trial is set to begin in September.



 
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