(MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN) Judge Martin F. Clark Jr. has removed a portrait of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart from the Patrick County Circuit Court’s courtroom, according to a statement from Clark.
The statement, which Clark released Tuesday, states that he removed the portrait on Aug. 19 and outlines his reasons for doing so: principally that a courtroom must be a neutral location, and it cannot be neutral if it contains a powerful symbol of the Confederacy.
“The courtroom should be a place every litigant and spectator finds fair and utterly neutral,” Clark wrote in the statement. “In my estimation, the portrait of a uniformed Confederate general – and a slave owner himself – does not comport with that essential standard.”
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