By Associated Press - Thursday, September 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham is asking a judge to dismiss the state of Alabama’s lawsuit challenging a plywood screen that was built to hide a Confederate monument in a downtown park.

A motion filed by the city denies that the box-like structure violates a new state law prohibiting the removal or alteration of historic monuments.

The request also says the state can’t enforce a $25,000-a-day fine that’s included in the law for anyone who tampers with a historic memorial.

The state hasn’t yet responded to the city’s motion, filed late Tuesday. A county judge has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 8.

City workers installed a wooden wall around a memorial to rebel soldiers and sailors days after deadly violence over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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