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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A Virginia judge has ruled Charlottesville's Confederate statues are monuments protected by state law.
Judge Richard Moore's ruling came in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville City Council. Robert E. Lee.
Moore cited how statues of Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson depicts the men in military uniforms and on horses associated with them during the Civil War.
Moore acknowledged the controversy that has surrounded Confederate statues in recent years, and said that he was ruling on the Lee and Jackson statues in Charlottesville case of the memorials in Virginia law.
Lee and Jackson as symbols of white supremacy, others see them as brilliant military tacticians or complex leaders in a difficult time … and do not think of white supremacy in, accept, or believe in. In either case, the statues on the undisputed facts of this case are still monuments and memorials to them, as veterans of the Civil War , "Moore wrote."