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Birmingham fined over panels around Confederate monument

Monument covered

Birmingham faces a $25,000 fine for obstructing the view of a Confederate monument.

Circuit Judge Marshell Jackson Hatcher last week imposed the $25,000 fine that had been ordered by the state's high court.  

Justices in November ruled that Birmingham violated a state law protecting historic monuments. Justices directed the circuit judge to fine the city $25,000.

Alabama sued Birmingham in 2017 after municipal officials erected a wooden box obscuring the inscriptions on a 52-foot-tall (16-meter-tall) obelisk honoring Confederate veterans. 

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