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Judge temporarily halts Dallas attempt to topple Confederate statue

Judge temporarily halts Dallas attempt to topple Confederate statue

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Statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Park in Dallas. Photo courtesy of mapio.net

Dallas almost took down a Confederate statue on September 6 — until the removal was halted by a court order. Crews began to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park, following a near-unanimous vote by the Dallas City Council to take it down.

The Council joined similar actions in cities across the country, where statues and other Confederate symbols are being removed, following the death of a young woman in August who was killed during a protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dallas crews worked all afternoon to remove the statue; FrontBurner has a detailed report on the logistics of the removal, which were delayed by the fact that the statue was anchored into the concrete base.

But the toppling was halted by a temporary restraining order, filed by Hiram Patterson with the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and granted by Judge Sidney Fitzwater — the same judge who said it was okay to block the Exxxotica convention at the Dallas Convention Center.

The TRO was filed by Kirk Lyons, a lawyer who calls himself a "Christian attorney of Southern ancestry" filed a similar lawsuit against the University of Texas after it removed Confederate statues on campus.

There'll be a hearing on September 7 at 1:30 pm to decide whether the TRO should prevail or whether the statue can come down.