Lawyer: High court won't move trial over Confederate statue
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The lawyer for a black man seeking to move his trial from a Louisiana courthouse with a Confederate statue out front says the state's Supreme Court won't move the trial.
Niles Haymer says the court denied the appeal by a 6-0 vote. One justice abstained. No reason was given.
Haymer's client, Ronnie Anderson, faces a charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Anderson argues the Confederate monument outside the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse is a "symbol of racial intolerance, oppression and intimidation."
Lower courts have rejected his efforts. The Advocate reported the judge who rejected Anderson's request in November said it's "just a piece of granite," and the American flag is the only symbol inside the courtroom. The district attorney says the parish tries to ensure colorblind justice.
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