Man seeks venue change over courthouse’s Confederate statue

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Louisiana man is asking the state’s Supreme Court to move his trial away from a courthouse with a Confederate statue at it.

Ronnie Anderson’s request, filed Monday, says the 30-foot-tall Confederate monument outside the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse is a “symbol of racial intolerance, oppression and intimidation” to Anderson, who is black.

Anderson is facing a charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Lower courts have rejected his previous requests to move his trial because of the Confederate monument.

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The Advocate reported that the judge who rejected Anderson’s request in November said it’s “just a piece of granite,” and the American flag is the only symbol inside the courtroom.

District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla has said the defense didn’t prove prejudice, and the parish tries to ensure color-blind justice.