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Federal judge rules Virginia can ban the Confederate battle flag from license plates  

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-31 13:07:30-04

 Danville, Va. – A federal judge has ruled that the Commonwealth can again ban the Confederate battle flag from state license plates.

Judge Jackson Kiser ruled from the bench that he will dissolve his 2001 injunction that had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia.

On June 26, Attorney General Mark Herring filed motions to dissolve the injunction and vacate the order that had required placement of the flag on plates.

“This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates,” said Herring. “Virginia state government does not have to and will not endorse such a divisive symbol. I appreciate Governor McAuliffe’s leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done.”

Judge Kiser’s ruling will not be official until he enters his order, which will also address whether the decision will apply prospectively to new license plates, or retroactively to include existing ones.

Deputy Attorneys General Rhodes B. Ritenour and Jeffrey M. Bourne and Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Westbrook handled the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.