Alabama attorney sues Bentley over Confederate flag removal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Cullman attorney is suing Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley over his decision to remove four Confederate flags from a Confederate monument next to the state Capitol.

Attorney Melvin Hasting said Wednesday that he is suing the governor for allegedly overstepping his bounds.

Hasting filed the suit on Tuesday in Montgomery Circuit Court and says he questions whether Bentley had the legal authority to remove the flags.

A spokeswoman for Bentley did not respond to a request for comment. Bentley has previously said he checked with his staff to confirm his legal authority before removing the flags.

Hasting is also suing Alabama Historical Commission for removing Confederate flag items from the state Capitol gift store.

Alabama Historical Commission's acting executive director did not respond to a request for comment.

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