- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Following a Portsmouth City Council vote, the city’s Interim City Attorney Cheran Cordell can proceed with seeking a court order to remove the city’s Confederate monument.

Multiple media outlets report that council members voted 4-3 in a closed session Tuesday night, giving Cordell permission to pursue a court order once a location for the monument has been selected.

Councilman Bill Moody tells the Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1Uf2vYz ) that Cordell is confident that a state law prohibiting removing war monuments would not be able to be applied in this instance.

Confederate symbols have come under increased public scrutiny since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Portsmouth monument, completed in 1893, consists of a 35-foot-high obelisk and four statues representing Confederate artillery, infantry, navy and cavalry.

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