Robert E. Lee statue trial is delayed
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The long-awaited trial regarding the Robert E. Lee statue has been postponed until Feb. 16.
The one-day bench trial was originally supposed to begin this Wednesday, but the delay is because the attorney for the City of Charlottesville is sick.
In a statement from the attorney representing the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), Christopher Tate, this delay doesn't change the goal.
The city unanimously awarded the statue to the JSAAHC on Dec. 7, 2021. JSAAHC planned to melt the Civil War statue down and turn the bronze into another form of art, but this lawsuit argues the Lee statue cannot be melted down, citing state laws. Instead, it must be given to a group to be preserved.
Swords into Plowshares will hold a rally on Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. followed by the trial at 9:30 a.m. at the Charlottesville Circuit Court.