The new lawsuit, filed by six people who own property in Richmond, the Monument Avenue, the claims that the statue’s removal would have an adverse impact on the plaintiffs in overturning the district the status of a National Historic landmark district, resulting in ” the loss of favorable tax treatment and reduction of the value of the property. “
“Plaintiffs will also suffer hardship because of the loss of a valuable work of art from their neighborhood and the degradation of the internationally-recognized avenue on which they reside,” the suit reads.
The complaint, filed in Richmond Circuit court, said the removal of the statue of violating the monument to the 1890 act, which states that the Commonwealth of Virginia, ” will said of the Statue and the base, and the circle of soil perpetually sacred to the monumental purpose for which they have been consecrated and which [Virginia] faithfully guard and affectionately protect it, ” according to court documents.
Patrick McSweeny, a lawyer for the Monument Avenue residents, has confirmed to CNN that they had re-filed a lawsuit, but he would not comment on the function of the substance.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Thursday that a suit seeking to stop the removal of the Lee statue had been dismissed for lack of standing. The judge, in this case, however, extended an injunction against the abduction and gave the plaintiff more time to file a new complaint.
“I will continue to fight as long as I have to,” Herring wrote on Twitter. “This statue needs to come down. “