Judge: Is Court Proper Place for Mississippi Flag Debate?

A federal judge is ordering attorneys to file arguments over whether courts have standing to decide if Mississippi should remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has set a Mar. 21 deadline for briefs by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who’s defending the state, and Carlos Moore, a private attorney who sued the state seeking to have the flag declared an unconstitutional vestige of slavery.