Removal of Travis Park Confederate Statue Returns to Federal Court Today

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

The opening shots of what will likely be a lengthy battle over the removal of that confederate monument in Travis Park will be fired this morning in federal court, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

Thomas Crane, attorney for the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, says they're objecting to several of the city of San Antonio's witnesses, including their legal expert.

Today's motions hearing is expected to be brief, and is merely a procedural step before the lawsuit gets rolling.

A federal magistrate judge will be hearing today's arguments.  

Previously, a different federal judge shot down the Daughter's move to seize a time capsule that was inside the statue.  Instead, it was moved to a vault where other city artifacts are stored.  Unfortunately, much of what was inside is believed to have been destroyed by the elements.

As for the statue's removal, the Daughters believe their Constitutional rights were violated when the statue was removed.  

Court paperwork shows they believe the city gave them the right to erect the statue in the park, and they were not consulted when it was torn down.

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