By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and CHEVEL 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.