Virginia court won't hear Danville confederate flag appeal

Danville Police removing the Confederate flag from the Sutherlin Mansion in August after...
Danville Police removing the Confederate flag from the Sutherlin Mansion in August after adopting the ordinance (WSET)(WHSV)
Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM EDT
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The Virginia Supreme Court will not rehear a challenge to the city of Danville's decision to remove the Confederate flag from a monument at Sutherlin Mansion.

A circuit court judge in October dismissed the Heritage Preservation Association's lawsuit against the Danville City Council over its ordinance permitting only U.S., state, city and the POW/MIA flag to be flown on flagpoles owned by the city. Danville police removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the city-owned mansion after the ordinance was adopted in August.

The Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the judge's decision in June. Local news media outlets report that the court refused earlier this month to rehear the case.

“I am pleased the Virginia Supreme Court finds no problems with the ordinance adopted by City Council limiting which flags could be flown on public property,” City Attorney Clarke Whitfield said Friday. “I wish to thank attorney Jeremy Carroll for representing the City in this case.”

Carroll is an attorney with the Roanoke firm Glenn, Feldmann, Darby and Goodlatte.

Danville Police removed the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from the grounds of the city-owned Sutherlin Mansion following City Council’s adoption of the ordinance.

The ordinance does not prohibit individuals from carrying any flag in public or displaying any flag on private property.