Here’s your copy: The legal opinion that says DeKalb has the right to relocate Confederate marker

Behind the old courthouse on the Decatur Square sits this Confederate monument. The DeKalb County Commission wants to explore removal of the monument. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

A 30-foot Confederate monument in downtown Decatur, erected in the early 20th century, could be relocated to another visible site, but it can’t be destroyed or concealed, according to a legal opinion addressed to DeKalb County CEO.

The memo, written by county attorney O.V. Brantley, was released today. Click here to read more. But you can scroll through the entire memo below:

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Greg Pearson
Greg Pearson

They need an attorney that can read English. The law says monuments on PUBLICLY owned property cannot be moved. It includes state, departments, and instrumentalities etc. Cities and counties are instrumentalities of the state.

Any attempt at removal will be challenged in court and Dekab will have wasted taxpayer money.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Leave it alone, get over it, tenderbutts.

Babycat
Babycat

Relocate it to the Atlanta History Center or to the cemetary in downtown Decatur but not at taxpayer expense.  No public funds should be used for this purpose.  The groups that want it removed must raise the funds for the removal to a designated place.

druidhills
druidhills

@Babycat

What about the group that wants to keep it there? They should raise funds to keep it there, don't you think? 

knight490
knight490

Knowing OV, if she says it, then it's definitely true

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