Charlottesville says state law doesn't protect Lee statue

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The city of Charlottesville says plans to remove a statue to Confederate hero Robert E. Lee do not violate state law. In a motion filed Monday, the city says that a state law protecting memorials to war veterans became applicable in 1997 and doesn't apply to the Lee statue, which was erected in 1924. A group called the Monument Fund filed a lawsuit in March in an attempt to stop the city from removing the statue. The fund argues that removing the statue would violate state law. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 30. The filing comes after a weekend in which thousands descended upon Charlottesville to protest a rally of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan is opposed to the removal of the Lee statue. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)