Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the commission's recent move mandating that the United Daughters of the Confederacy move the Confederate monument from the Caddo Parish courthouse within ninety days.

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"The Caddo Parish Commission is demanding the removal of the Confederate monument in front of the parish courthouse within 90 days.

Parish attorney Donna Frazier sent a letter to the United Daughters of the Confederacy giving the group 90 days to remove their monument. The news was first reported by KTAL television.

The commission and the United Daughters of the Confederacy have been locked in a legal battle in recent years.

The group filed suit after the parish commission, in a close vote on Oct. 19, 2017, ordered the monument's removal. The case was last heard in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The letter, citing a Fifth Circuit Court ruling, says "the Parish owns the ground beneath the monument and has the right to request its removal."

In response to the Commission's order, lawyers for the UDC released a statement:

"My client is disappointed with the notice (dated August 28) sent from the attorney for the Caddo Parish Commission especially because my client has a quit claim deed to the land underneath the Caddo Parish Confederate Monument. In addition, my client is disappointed that the Caddo Parish Commission has not waited for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on whether or not to grant my client’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari."


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