A Charlottesville court on Friday heard seven hours of arguments over ten motions in a lawsuit filed against the City of Charlottesville after the City Council voted in early 2017 to remove the downtown statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
 
The hearing originally was scheduled to tackle a dozen motions made by the Monument Fund, the group that in March 2017 filed the suit, claiming the city violated a state code section that bans the removal of war memorials.
 
City Council voted, 3-2, in early 2017 to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee. The suit was later amended to include Council’s subsequent vote to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson situated in Court Square.
 
The defendants have argued that the statues do not constitute war monuments.