SHREVEPORT -- More than a year after four monuments to the Confederate era were removed from the New Orleans landscape, a federal judge has cleared the way for removal of another Louisiana Confederate memorial.
Wednesday's ruling in the northwest Louisiana city of Shreveport says the Caddo Parish Commission has the authority to remove a monument outside the parish courthouse.
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U.S. District Judge Robert James dismissed a lawsuit by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. James ruled that the group failed to prove it had any "private property interest" in the patch of land where the monument sits. He also rejected arguments that the commission had violated the group's rights to free speech and equal protection under law.
The commission voted 7-5 for removal of the monument last October....