what is 'temporary'?
what is 'mourning'?
how and how long can a city mourn?
strangely philosophical questions argued by a city attorney and the agents of the daughters of the confederacy in a court of law.
they set TWO tentative trial dates -- oct 26 if they can do it in 1 day, jan 31/feb1, 2019 if it's going to take 2.
the way plaintiff's counsel pronounces tarpaulins is criminal - tar-PAW-lihns. about halfway through the hearing he shifts to referring to them only as 'trash bags.'
W: the first action is always to consult the family.
C: so it is an accomodation to private concerns of the family? do you know any family of the victims of A12?
lisa robertson took over this case from departing city atty brown recently. she lost her footing a few times during the hearing, but i thought she deserves props for that line of questioning -- this public/private distinction is critical & didn't get its due
judge: "i don't think calling another witness to say 'i looked at it and they* didn't do that*' is appropriate." (*city/remove the tarp)
plaintiff has obviously forgotten the scope of this hearing. again.
"clearly judge, these monuments have a purpose. they were meant to be monuments"
"that's why we have monuments - we have 'em to see 'em. they remind us of things"
"if i can't see the monuments, i can't enjoy *MY RIGHT* to see them"
he cites the religious testimony of his expert witness (that the judge ruled inadmissible) and the nov. resolution the judge wouldn't allow the city to question jones about.
ultimately, he's stuck on the lack of end date.
judge: "it's not up to me to decide" HOW long the mourning period is, only whether or not the period defined constitutes 'temporary'
he'll issue his decision at the feb 27 hearing
this is gonna drag out in court until feb 1, 2019 (or longer), but we seem to be stuck with those eyesores