Virginia recall of Confederate battle flag plates challenged

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Posted: Oct 30, 2015 8:52 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys are challenging Virginia's recall of banished license plates bearing the image of a Confederate battle flag.

The challenge was filed in state court on behalf of Leonard Tracy Clary, Virginia Division commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

While a federal judge agreed the state could outlaw the plates, the filing in Brunswick Circuit Court this week takes aim at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV demanded the return of the commemorative plates in exchange for the issuance of new plates.

In a separate court action Thursday, a Circuit Court judge in Danville dismissed a lawsuit against the mill city challenging the removal of the third final national flag of the Confederacy from city-owned land.