Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Is Being Sued For The Removal Of The Confederate Flag From State Grounds

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Is Being Sued For The Removal
 Of The Confederate Flag From State Grounds 
BHR Hollywood Reports.........Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is being sued for removing the Confederate Flag from the state grounds of the capitol.

A private attorney has initiated a lawsuit to overturn Gov. Robert Bentley’s executive order removing four Confederate flags from a capitol grounds memorial to Alabamans who fought
in the Civil War.

Melvin Hasting, who has a law office in Cullman, Ala., said the suit was filed Tuesday in Montgomery Circuit Court.

It contends the governor had no legal right to remove the flags. He described Bentley’s order as a “knee-jerk reaction” to criticism of the Confederate battle flag.

 
Melvin Hasting
Hasting is asking the court for a preliminary injunction to settle the question over the powers of the Historical Commission and the governor.

He also asks that the Confederate flags be returned to the monument in their original condition.

Hasting "is an aggrieved citizen of the state of Alabama and is entitled to bring this action to declare the rights of the defendants to unilaterally and unlawfully alter the historical and heritage significance of objects, buildings, monuments and landmarks from the Confederacy era," the suit states.

According to Reports, the Historical commission is charged with
Al. State Grounds 
the duty to: "promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the history of this State from the earliest time to the present, including the archaeological, Indian, Spanish, British, French, colonial, Confederate and American eras."

Following this order, Hasting claims the flags shouldn't have been removed.

Hasting also noted in the suit that the Alabama State Capitol is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

On the day the Confederate flags were removed, Bentley told Reports it was the "right thing to do.

Neither Hasting nor a spokesperson from Bentley's office has responded to this.



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