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Virginia Supreme Court rejects Confederate flag appeal

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, John Tos, a Hanford farmer and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to block the sale of bonds to build California's bullet train, talks with reporters after a hearing in the case in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. Kings County Counsel Colleen Carlson said Thursday, May 26, 2016, that the county board of supervisors has voted against appealing the judge's ruling that allowed planning and financing of the California high-speed rail project to proceed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE -Hanford farmer and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to block the sale of bonds to build California’s bullet train, talks with reporters after a hearing in the case in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. Kings County Counsel Colleen Carlson said that the county board of supervisors has voted against appealing the judge’s ruling that allowed planning and financing of the California high-speed rail project to proceed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has announced that it will not hear an appeal of a Danville judge’s decision allowing the Confederate flag to be removed from a monument at Sutherlin Mansion.

Media outlets report the Heritage Preservation Association filed a lawsuit after the Danville City Council adopted an ordinance in August permitting only U.S., state and city flags to be flown on flagpoles owned by the city. Danville police removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the city-owned mansion.

In October, a Danville Circuit Court judge dismissed the lawsuit. Kevin Martingayle, the attorney representing the HPA, argued for an appeal on May 24. But the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling reaffirms the Danville judge’s decision.

Martingayle says he will file a petition for a rehearing.

Attorneys representing Danville said they were pleased with the court’s decision.

 

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