Judge voids deal giving UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ statue to Confederate group

Judge voids deal giving UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ statue to Confederate group
Police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Source: Gerry Broome)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - A judge has thrown out a settlement by the University of North Carolina’s governing board that gave a Confederate heritage group a toppled rebel statue, along with money to preserve it.

Judge Allen Baddour ruled Wednesday that the Sons of Confederate Veterans didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit that led to the hastily arranged deal that gave them possession of the statue known as Silent Sam, along with $2.5 million to maintain it.

He vacated the deal and dismissed the group’s underlying lawsuit.

Critics had questioned how the deal was quietly struck with the UNC Board of Governors and approved just before Thanksgiving.

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