“People give the statues messages,” said Moore to the attorneys. “They speak of history, one we might not like.”
Moore’s comments come as the trial over the city’s plans to move two confederate statues finally got underway. The trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court is scheduled to take up to three days.
Judge Moore has already stated that the statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are war memorials, and thus cannot be moved due to state code.