Confederate emblem 'anti-American,' judge in flag case says

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Posted: Apr 12, 2016 8:37 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to leave the United States.

But U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is not yet saying whether he will fully consider a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the flag as a state symbol.

Reeves heard arguments Tuesday over motions in a lawsuit filed by Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney who's asking Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

Reeves must decide two questions: whether Moore has legal standing to sue the state, and whether flag design is an issue that can be decided by a court.

An assistant state attorney general, Doug Miracle, argues flag design is a political question that should be decided by the Legislature.