Judge rules against Christopher Columbus statue removal in South Philadelphia

A statue of Christopher Columbus can remain in South Philadelphia , a local judge ruled Tuesday, overruling city officials’ decision to remove it.

The decision was not supported by law and was baseless due to insufficient evidence, said common pleas court Judge Paula Patrick.

“It is baffling to this court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis,” she wrote in her decision. “The city’s entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation.”