It’s no surprise that Caddo Commission and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (United) have different opinions on moving the Confederate Memorial from the Caddo courthouse grounds.
Commission attorney advised a Commission long range planning committee on Monday of her legal conclusions:
1. That the Commission had the right to remove the monument if United did not do so by the end of November.
2. If the monument was not moved by United, then the commission would take action to have title to the monument vested in the Commission.
3. That United would probably share in the costs of removal with the commission.
Not surprisingly, United attorney David Knadler disagrees with all Frazier’s points. So does Jackie Nickols, the United spokesperson.
As they say, that’s what they make courts for. The saga continues.
This new fuss in the long standing dispute may be moot. May being the operative word.
The United States Supreme Court decides its calendar in the first weeks of October.
It is possible, although not likely, that the nation’s top court will review this matter. To date, the commission has been successful at the federal trial and appellate court.
Monday the long range planning committee approved a resolution to put a $500,000 line item for removal costs in the Commission 2020 budget. That was the agenda item–not the actual removal.
Landlord/tenant law requires a landlord to obtain a court order to remove a tenant's property from the landlord's premises. Seemingly this would be a requirement for the commission–unless the commission first obtained a court order transferring title to the monument to the commission.