Lawyer: Lawsuit over segregated monument shouldn't proceed

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 6:01 PM

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A lawyer for a top South Carolina political leader says some American Legion members who went to court to right an old racial wrong shouldn't be allowed to press their case.

The American Legion's World War I monument in Greenwood separates the names of fallen soldiers into "colored" and "white."

The group and the city of Greenwood want to change the monument, but a 2000 law that removed the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome also requires two-thirds approval of the General Assembly to change any historical monument in the state.

At a Tuesday hearing, the legionnaires' lawyer said the two-thirds requirement gives the state control over what should be a local matter.

An attorney for House Speaker Jay Lucas says legislators have given approval to other places before.