Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

Virginia SCV License PlateDANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A federal judge says Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from any specialty license plates the state issues in the future but made no decision on existing tags. U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser said after a hearing Friday that he will set aside a 2001 injunction that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on vanity plates honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He did not rule on whether the state can revoke the approximately 1,600 Confederate flag plates already issued. That matter will be addressed in an official order to be filed later. The Virginia attorney general’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out. The Sons of Confederate Veterans opposed the move.

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