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Maryland Gov. Hogan Calls to Remove Statue of Justice Who Wrote Decision Upholding Slavery

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    Maryland Gov. Hogan Calls to Remove Statue of Justice Who Wrote Decision Upholding Slavery
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    Roger B. Taney (1777-1864), fifth Chief Justice of United States Supreme Court 1836-1864.

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for the removal of a statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the state house. 

    Hogan said in a statement on Tuesday that he believes removing the Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do.

    The Republican governor's statement comes a day after Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said the Confederate monument doesn't belong at the state house in Annapolis.

    Hogan says he will ask the State House Trust to "immediately" remove the statue. 

    Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people.