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RULING: City of Louisville can legally move Confederate monument at U of L

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge's ruling today means the city can legally move the confederate statue at U of L, but the statue is not going anywhere just yet.

It's a partial victory for the city, for U of L, and for opponents of the Confederate memorial statue. Judge Judith McDonald Burkman removed the temporary restraining order, but also declined to impose a permanent injunction. It means the city can now legally move the Confederate statue -- but that will not happen just yet.

Judge Burkman still must issue her final ruling on a request to dismiss the case, filed by supporters of the statue. That could come in a week or so. In the meantime, the city says it will not try to move the statue.

Judge Burkman's decision came after a day of testimony from those on both sides of questions regarding the ownership of the monument and whether it truly is of any historical importance.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement on the ruling.

"I am pleased with the judge's ruling that the city owns the monument and has the right to move it," Fischer said in the written statement. "We will await the judge's final written ruling before taking next steps. In the meantime, my team will be working with the Commission on Public Art and the University of Louisville to evaluate disassembling, restoring and relocating the monument."

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