UPDATE: Court Rules Confederate Flag Can Return to SC Capitol After Ordered Down

A Confederate flag was partially raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Friday after a federal judge ordered city officials to restore the flag — with accompanying tributes to the deceased Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The order came after Yallenn Drew, the son of a man who killed nine black parishioners at a church last year, sued the city last November in federal court to remove the flag.

The ruling was criticized by city leaders as biased and a betrayal of city residents. And on Monday, they announced that they would not appeal the decision.

“While we intend to appeal the order ruling yesterday, we could not afford the legal fees associated with an appeal,” Columbia City Manager Andrew Sawyer told reporters. “In addition, the cost of re-erecting the flag is prohibitive.”

The city will now offer an $850,000 settlement to Drew, according to The Associated Press.

Drew and his family won the legal battle, with their attorneys arguing that the South Carolina flag was hurting their emotional well-being.

Read more at The Washington Times.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse contributed to this report.

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