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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219



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Motion to vacate judgment and dissolve injunction.

Memorandum in support of motion to vacate judgment and dissolve injunction.

 

HERRING TAKES FIRST STEPS TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG FROM SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATES

~ Motion filed in federal court to dissolve the 2001 injunction that placed flags on certain specialty license plates ~

 

RICHMOND (June 26, 2015)-Late today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring took the first legal steps necessary to remove the Confederate battle flag from Virginia license plates. He has filed a motion in federal court in the Western District of Virginia to vacate the order and to dissolve the injunction issued in the 2001 case of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. and Virginia Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. vs. Richard D. Holcomb, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles which required the Commonwealth to place the flag on specialty license plates issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

 

On Tuesday, Governor McAuliffe announced plans to remove the battle flag from these specialty plates in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. Today's filing begins the process of lifting the injunction so Virginia can enforce its existing statute, which states that "No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section."

 

The Commonwealth anticipates a hearing on its motion in the coming weeks.


 

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