Late-filed federal lawsuit could stop move of Confederate monument
A Louisville historian went to federal court at closing time Friday in attempt to stop movement of the Confederate monument near the University of Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville historian went to federal court at closing time Friday in an attempt to stop movement of the Confederate monument near the University of Louisville.
In a lawsuit, Brennan Callan asked a judge to stop the work to disassemble the monument, which was scheduled to begin Saturday morning.
It was not clear Friday night if a judge had issued an injunction.
"Our mayor is disobeying the law," Callan said.
Callan's federal lawsuit claims Louisville metro government doesn't own the memorial and that the non-profit University of Louisville Foundation cannot legally pay for moving it to Brandenburg, Ky.
"The deeds will tell you the ownership, as well as (Kentucky Revised Statutes) 393, the estate laws, that this property is under the authority of the state treasurer," Callan said.
So, Callan argues it should stay put until the questions are answered.
"Every one of these people needs to be checking their fax machines and their emails in the morning to see that Judge Russell with the federal district court has made his ruling for an injunction," Callan said.
Chris Poynter, the spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer, sais the city was not aware of the suit until WDRB News asked about it Friday night.
"The county attorney is checking on it," Poynter said.
If a judge has not issued an injunction, then the work to start the disassembly is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, as announced earlier this month.
In June, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge dissolved a restraining order and ruled the city had the right to remove the stone obelisk. Plaintiffs in that suit made similar arguments about ownership and said it could be damaged if removed.
Callan's name may sound familiar. He's the man who spent time in federal prison for partly sinking the Belle of Louisville in 1997.
Here's the lawsuit:
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