NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - A judge in southeastern Louisiana has rejected a motion to move a case over a Confederate statue outside the courthouse.
Ronnie Anderson is charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm in East Feliciana Parish.
Anderson has argued the statute of the unknown Confederate soldier erected in 1909 in front of the courthouse is a "symbol of oppression and racial intolerance."
He said it sends the message that a "fair and impartial trial cannot be obtained" in the parish and pushed to have his case moved.
His lawyer Niles Haymer said Judge Kathryn Jones rejected the motion Wednesday. He said they're weighing their next steps.
District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said he agrees with the judge's ruling and that there was no demonstration of prejudice.