Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Remove A Christopher Columbus Statue

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The city may appeal. Officials wanted to take the statue out of South Philadelphia's Marconi Plaza in reaction to racial justice protests after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Remove A Christopher Columbus Statue

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PHILADELPHIA — A statue of Christopher Columbus can remain in South Philadelphia, a judge ruled, reversing the city's decision to remove it after the explorer became a focus of protesters amid nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice after the police killing of George Floyd.

Last year's decision to remove the now-boarded-up statue from Marconi Plaza was unsupported by law and based on insufficient evidence, Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick said.

"It is baffling to this court as to how the city of Philadelphia wants to remove the statue without any legal basis. The city's entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation," Patrick wrote.

The ruling Tuesday overturns a decision in September by a city licensing board that upheld a July 2020 decision by the city historical commission to remove the…
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