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Lawyer: Move trial from courthouse with Confederate monument

1 year 1 month 3 days ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 September 18, 2018 5:26 PM September 18, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A legal argument has been revived in Louisiana over whether a black defendant can get a fair trial in a courthouse where a Confederate monument is displayed.
  
Niles Haymer, a lawyer for defendant Ronnie Anderson, says the answer is no.
  
Haymer says he filed a motion Tuesday to have Anderson's case moved out of state court in East Feliciana Parish, where a Confederate monument stands outside the courthouse.
  
A judge rejected a similar motion in August, saying Haymer filed too late. But the district attorney has since filed a new charge against Anderson - illegal possession of a stolen weapon.
  
That gives Haymer an opportunity to renew his argument: He says the monument sends a message that black defendants cannot get a fair trial in East Feliciana Parish.

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