Judge dismisses suit filed to eliminate Mississippi’s flag

September 9, 2016 in News, Opinion

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and CHEVEL JOHNSON
Associated Press

Carlos Moore, (at podium) addresses the crowd during the rally. With him are Rep. Justin Bamberg - S.C., (from left), Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, Pastor Jamal Bryant and Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon. PHOTO BY JAY JOHNSON

Carlos Moore, (at podium) addresses the crowd during the rally. With him are Rep. Justin Bamberg – S.C., (from left), Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, Pastor Jamal Bryant and Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon. PHOTO BY JAY JOHNSON

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to eliminate the Mississippi flag as a state symbol.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed the case in a ruling Thursday, saying Carlos Moore had failed to show the Confederate battle emblem had caused a “cognizable legal injury.”

Moore, an African-American attorney from Grenada, Mississippi, filed the suit in February, asking Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894. Its upper left corner has the Confederate battle emblem – a red field topped by a blue X dotted with 13 white stars. Voters chose to keep the banner in a 2001 referendum. It’s the last state flag in the nation to prominently feature the emblem.

Moore hasn’t decided whether to appeal.

Judge Carlton Reeves and retired Jackson State law professor Charles Holmes at MDAH book presentation by retired Judge Martin

Judge Carlton Reeves and retired Jackson State law professor Charles Holmes at MDAH book presentation by retired Judge Martin