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Mark Herring
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Richmond, Virginia 23219



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** UPDATED **

Late this afternoon, Judge Jackson Kiser entered his order officially granting Attorney General Herring's motion to vacate the order and dissolve the injunction that had forced Virginia to put the Confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates. Those documents are available here:

Order

Memorandum opinion

Because the injunction has been dissolved, DMV will begin the administrative process of recalling and replacing existing license plates with ones that comply with Virginia law. For additional information on DMV's next steps, please contact DMV Public Relations and Media Liaison Brandy Brubaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..gov

 


FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT VIRGINIA CAN REMOVE CONFEDERATE FLAG FROM LICENSE PLATES

~ AG Herring  filed papers in June to allow the Commonwealth to remove the flag from Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates following the Supreme Court's ruling in Walker v. Texas ~

 

DANVILLE (July 31, 2015)--Today in federal district court in Danville, Judge Jackson Kiser ruled from the bench that he will dissolve his 2001 injunction that had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia. On June 26, Attorney General Mark R. Herring filed motions (see below) to dissolve the injunction and vacate the order that had required placement of the flag on SCV license plates. The Commonwealth will now be able to enforce its existing law regarding SCV plates which states "No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section."

 

"This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Virginia state government does not have to and will not endorse such a divisive symbol. I appreciate Governor McAuliffe's leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done."

 

Judge Kiser's ruling will not be official until he enters his order, which will also address whether the decision will apply prospectively to new license plates, or retroactively to include existing ones. Deputy Attorneys General Rhodes B. Ritenour and Jeffrey M. Bourne and Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Westbrook handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. 

 

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