From AG Mark Herring’s office:
We have some late Friday updates on the Lee Statue case.
Today Attorney General Herring filed this motion in the Lee Statue case requesting that any further proceedings be conducted on the record, with at least twelve hours of notice, and with the option of having a court reporter present. This comes after two hearings—the initial temporary restraining order hearing on Monday and a second unannounced hearing by phone yesterday in which the plaintiffs asked to extend the injunction—that were conducted without notice to the defendants, the public, or the media, and without an opportunity to create a record of what was said and done.
The motion states that “Symbols matter, and the Virginia of today can no longer honor a racist system that enslaved millions of people. Installing a massive monument to the Lost Cause was wrong in 1890 and demanding that it stay up (much less until the end of time) is wrong now.”
Additionally, the plaintiff’s attorney sent this interesting letter this afternoon claiming that “a rumor is circulating in Richmond that an 18-wheel truck is coming to the Lee Monument for the purpose of pulling it down,” and demanding that the Governor “call out the state police and other such force as is necessary to protect that monument.”
Finally, the plaintiff has filed this one sentence motion asking for the judge to enter a permanent injunction or extend the existing injunction. It says that a hearing will be held on this motion on Thursday, June 18 at 10:00am.