Jefferson circuit judge temporarily blocks removal of Confederate monument

Published: May. 2, 2016 at 6:05 AM EDT
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A judge has temporarily barred the city of Louisville from removing a 70-foot-tall Confederate monument from the University of Louisville campus.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman signed a restraining order Monday morning forbidding the city from moving the 121-year-old obelisk honoring Kentuckians who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

Mayor Greg Fischer and University President James Ramsey announced Friday that they would remove the monument, marking the latest government to reconsider its display of Confederate symbols following the massacre of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina last summer.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and Everett Corley, a Republican running for Congress, filed for the restraining order on Monday. Corley told local media that the restraining order will be on the grounds of irreparable harm to himself and the community.

Fischer and University officials announced Friday that the monument will be removed.

Fischer's office didn't immediately respond to a request from the Courier-Journal for comment.

The judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday morning.