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    (CNN)Workers on Monday removed what is thought to be the last public Confederate statue in Maryland other than those on battlefields or in cemeteries.The 13-foot tall copper statue of a boy holding a Confederate flag stood on the lawn of the Talbot County courthouse in Easton for more than 100 years. Named the Talbot Boys, it memorialized fallen members of an Eastern Shore regiment that fought for the Confederacy.A lawsuit filed by a local NAACP branch last year sought to have the statue removed, claiming it is "racially discriminatory and unlawful."For many visitors to the courthouse, the statue served "as an unavoidable, painful reminder every time they enter and leave the courthouse during a trial, hearing, or public meeting, of the hateful legacy of slavery and those who fought to preserve it," the lawsuit stated. The Talbot County Council voted 3-2 in September to remove it, but a nonpartisan organization, Move the Monument Coalition, raised $82,000 to pay for moving it. Read MorePete Lesher, a Talbot County Council member who voted in favor of removal, said the Talbot Boys monument...
    The three White men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery only pursued him through the quiet Georgia neighborhood because "he was a Black man running down the street," a prosecutor said Monday in her closing argument. "All three of these men made assumptions, made assumptions about what was going on that day and made their decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveway because he was a Black man running down the street," Linda Dunikoski told jurors in the Glynn County Courthouse as Black militia groups gathered outside. Dozens of Black Lives Matter and Black Panther protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse where the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan is held, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. The three men charged with the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) Travis McMichael, 35; his father Greg McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the fatal shooting of Arbery Feb. 23, 2020. TRAVIS MCMICHAEL ADMITS...
    Black armed militias rallied outside the Georgia courthouse Monday where three White men are on trial for the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man – and a New Black Panther leader allegedly issued a threat.  "Ya'll are in serious trouble because the wrath of karma is coming on America," said a man who identified himself as the supreme commander of the New Black Panther militia. We're not taking it no more." As prosecutors and defense lawyers delivered their closing statements, dozens of members of BLM 757, Lion of Judah Armed Forces and the New Black Panther Party marched outside the Glynn County Courthouse.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has called the New Black Panther Party a "virulently racist and antisemitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against Whites, Jews and law enforcement." Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 65, and William "Roddie" Bryan are on trial for murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the slaying of Arbery in Satilla Shores outside Brunswick, Georgia. TRAVIS MCMICHAEL ADMITS ARBERY MADE NO THREATS BEFORE MCMICHAEL RAISED HIS...
    This Oct. 8, 2020 photo shows the Miami-Dade County Courthouse in Miami. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava order audits of buildings 40 years or older.  The call came after the Champlain Towers South building partially collapsed late last month.  The Miami-Dade County Courthouse was closed after it was found to be structurally unsafe. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The historic Miami-Dade County Courthouse closed on Friday and will go through immediate repairs after an evaluation prompted by the Surfside building collapse found safety concerns, Miami-Dade County officials said in a statement. An engineering firm that evaluated the building said floors 16 and above of the 28-story building should be closed.  Staff on all floors of the courthouse are being told to work from home starting on Monday as the courthouse is repaired.  Court business will be conducted remotely as well, the press release said.  At a press conference on Saturday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said workers had only returned from working remotely for a week "so they have everything they need...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff FAYETTE COUNTY (KDKA) – Fayette County now has more than 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday, 76 new cases were reported and an increase began just before Thanksgiving and peaked on December 4. Starting on Wednesday, Fayette County government offices will put new restrictions in place, closing the courthouse to the public. Only those with appointments or essential court matters will be permitted inside. They will keep those restrictions in place until January 4.
    CHICAGO (CBS)– A judge and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Cook County Circuit Court, the Office of the Chief Judge announced. Officials said the judge who tested positive works in the Bridgeview Courthouse. Two employees with coronavirus work for the Adult Probation Department, including one who works in the Bridgeview Courthouse and the other in the Skokie Courthouse. Two employees with the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center tested positive for the virus, along with four JTDC residents. There are a total of 68 staff members and 53 residents with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 155 employees working under the Office of the Chief Judge have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as 9 judges. Also From CBS Chicago: Sources: Former Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Pushed His Wife Away When She Tried To Stop Him From Burning Her Underwear Scammers Hustle Way Into 93-Year-Old Steger Woman’s House, But Her Son Is Watching It All On Camera Chicago’s Mayor Puts Out New COVID Stay At Home Advisory, More Restrictions Based On Case Surge...
    SCIOTO — Just like so many things that have been canceled or changed due to the pandemic. This change is also affecting the way things are to be at the Scioto County Courthouse on today’s election as far as the normal gathering of all concerned citizens and candidates and others that have been in practice for many years in the past. Earlier in October, The Scioto County Health Department issued an order canceling residents’ gathering at the courthouse after polling has closed at the end of elections Tuesday, November 3. The health department ordered the Scioto County Courthouse to be closed to the public at 7:31 p.m. on election night. The order stated that only members of the Board of Elections and its employees, agents, and necessary poll workers shall be permitted in the courthouse to carry out their responsibilities related to the 2020 general election. Election results should be posted by the Board of Elections, its employees, and agents, by any electronic means deemed appropriate by said Board or its employees and agents. Usually, during each primary and general...
    The news of Judge Jon Payne’s death has sent Chattooga County into a collective state of mourning. To know Jon Payne was to love him, it did not matter if you were old, young, rich, poor, black, white, brown, red, blue, male or female, the Judge was loved by all. In 1975 when Payne ran for Probate Judge there were seven candidates. In the 45 years since his first election Payne was only challenged once in 1988 in the primary, never in the general election. To say it simply, we loved our Judge and were happy to keep him around as long as he would let us. Through the years Jonathan Marlin Payne had several titles, boy scout, Marine, deputy, jailer, Judge, father, but one thing remained the same, he spent his life in service to others. HONORABLE JUDGE JON M. PAYNE, age 71, of Martin Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, in a Rome, Georgia hospital.  Born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 22, 1948, He was...
    The Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette is closed to the public until Monday, August 3rd. Superior Court Chief Justice Kristina Cook Graham signed an order to close the building today at Noon after someone employed in the courthouse tested positive for COVID-19.   The closure will provide time for the courthouse to be cleaned and sanitized.   The courthouse serves as the offices for Probate Court, the Clerk of Courts, State Solicitor, Juvenile Court and other functions. Judge Graham’s order calls on all offices to continue to conduct business that is essential and that can be done online or by phone.   The Walker County Board of Elections and Registration is exempt from the closure order, since Advance Voting in the August 11th runoff election for local, state and federal offices is currently underway on the ground floor of the courthouse. Advance Voting will be available Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    GEORGETOWN, Del. (CBS) — Delaware officials are removing a whipping post from public display at the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown. Officials are removing the whipping post in response to calls from the community and in recognition to the violence and racial discrimination that it displays. The post will be moved to a Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs storage facility with other historical items. “Finally, Delaware is removing its last ‘Red Hannah,’ the whipping post, from the public’s view,” Vice-Chair of the Delaware Heritage Commission Dr. Reba Hollingsworth said. “Such relics of the past should be placed in museums to be preserved and protected for those who want to remember the cruel, inhuman, barbarous acts perpetrated on our citizens.” HAC Director Tim Slavin says it is appropriate for items like this to be “preserved in the state’s collections, so that future generations may view it and attempt to understand the full context of its historical guidance.” Officials plan to work with historians, educators and leaders of the African American community in Delaware to find a place to display...
    DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida county commissioners voted Tuesday against removing a Confederate Flag that has flown outside its courthouse since the Civil Rights era. Walton County commissioners voted 3-2 to leave the flag despite please from several residents who said it had hurtful racial undertones. The move comes as cities around the country are reconsidering policies, monuments and landmarks with racist roots in the wake up racial protests related to the death of George Floyd. Walton officials said they would not consider removing the city's Confederate memorial. Commission Chairman Bill Chapman said it was one of the oldest in the nation honoring "90-some dead people who died during the Civil War.” Commissioners voted in 2018 to allow county residents to decide whether the flag should remain flying. The Panama City News Herald reported that a 65 percent majority cast ballots in a non-binding referendum to keep it. The Rev. Tyrone Broddus told commissioners Tuesday that the Confederate Flag flying in front of a public courthouse sends a clear message to African Americans. “We come to the courthouse looking...
    Two men threw Molotov cocktails into a Dakota County courthouse last Friday as unrest spilled into the Twin Cities suburbs in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody, according to the United States Attorney’s Office Fornandous Cortez Henderson, 32, and Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, from Savage and Long Lake, respectively, have been charged with arson and possession of Molotov cocktails. They made their initial court appearance Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Garrett Patrick Ziegler Apple Valley police responded to a fire alarm at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley last Friday, according to a criminal complaint, and found broken windows, smoke, and flames coming from the building. Located at the scene were items consistent with those used in Molotov cocktails, including broken glass jars and liquor bottles, pushpins, intact glass jars containing ignitable liquid, and a charred red bandana. They also found a set of car keys in the grass near the Western Service Center belonging to a Ford Fiesta parked in a nearby parking lot. They later executed...
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