Attorneys argue over court role in Mississippi flag dispute

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys are arguing over whether a federal court has the power to decide if the Confederate battle emblem should be removed from the Mississippi flag.

The state attorney general’s office, arguing on behalf of Gov. Phil Bryant, says flag design should be decided through the political process, not by a judge.

Carlos Moore of Grenada, a private attorney who sued the governor over the flag, says the federal court has standing to decide questions his suit raises. Moore is asking U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional vestige of slavery.

Reeves had told both sides to file arguments over whether the federal court has standing to consider the design of the last state flag with the rebel emblem. He has not said when he will rule.

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