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Custody Dependent on Removal of Confederate Flag

Custody Dependent on Removal of Confederate Flag

From The Albany Times Union:  Appellate justices in Albany ordered a woman in Tompkins County to remove a rock from her driveway that is painted with a Confederate flag or risk a "change of circumstances" in the custody case of her multiracial daughter.

In a unanimous 5-0 ruling, appellate justices allowed the couple to retain joint custody of the child, who was born in 2014 and attends school in the Dryden Central School District, which is east of Ithaca.

But if the Confederate-flag-decorated rock is not removed, Family Court would be obliged to factor its presence "into any future best interests analysis” regarding the child, stated Justice Stanley Pritzker, who authored the decision by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court's Third Department, the state's second-highest court.

The mother, identified only as Christie BB, testified at a fact-finding hearing that “she had a rock with a Confederate flag painted on it at her home,” Pritzker said in the ruling.

In response to questioning, the mother testified that she has never used any racial slurs in front of the child or at all,” the ruling said.

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