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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Judge rules in County's favor on statue injunction

Newton County, Georgia 1821

Judge John Ott ruled in favor of the Newton County Board of Commissioners on an injunction to stop the removal of the Confederate memorial on the Covington Square Monday afternoon.

The ruling dismisses complaint for damages and injunctive relief by Tiffany Humphries and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gen. George “Tig” Anderson Camp against the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

During a July 14 Special Called meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted to remove the monument citing threats to the statue. An injunction was then filed with Ott giving both sides two weeks to justify their legal standing for their respective arguments. Following an extension, Ott delivered his decision Sept. 14.

In Ott’s order, he states “it is clear that neither petitioner has sustained any actual damages when they are seeking an injunction.” Further, he states, “There is also a question whether petitioners can even seek an injunction.”

“The Board of Commissioners stands by its decision to remove the Confederate statue,” Chairman Marcello Banes said. “Judge Ott determined our legal argument was sound and just and we will move forward in the process.”






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