Newton County Superior Court Judge John Ott has issued a stay order that bars Newton County Commissioners from removing the county’s Confederate monument until the appropriate court had rendered a final decision. Furthermore, according to a media release from the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the group filed an appeal of the case with the state Court of Appeals and, should it prove necessary, will take the case to the Georgia Supreme Court. 

Some background: Last month Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes sought to have the Confederate monument secretly removed in the dead of night. Yet this was in defiance of an open court agreement during a hearing at which Banes was presentBanes well knew that the county was not to remove the veterans’ monument until the final decision was made. Interestingly, the judge’s stay order says that the Commission chairman will be served personally with the order and the order also allows the Newton County sheriff the right to arrest anyone who attempts to remove the Confederate monument.  

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