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Some residents wish to cover up Justice in northeast Missouri

Statues and memorials are well out in the open in front of the Marion County courthouse in Palmyra, Missouri.

It's what's on top of the building that's recently raised a few eyebrows.


Recently discovered closeup pictures of "Lady Justice" were brought to the attention of Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode.

One resident proposed displaying the old pictures from the 1950s, but that idea made Bode uneasy

"Exposed area I guess you can say of her chest," Bode said.

As of Monday, the idea was quickly put to rest.

Bode and two other county commissioners voted not to display the pictures.

"I guess I really don't have an opinion,” Marion County resident Kristie Franklin explained. “If it was brought to the commission, I'm going to leave it up to them to make that decision in what they feel is right for the public."

Others mentioned it's artwork and should be taken for what it is.

"I don't think it's exposing in any way, shape or form unless you intend to take it the wrong way but it seems like everything is controversial nowadays," Marion County resident Lacie Richards said.

Bode pointed out it personally comes down to him being husband and a father of two girls.

"I just felt like it was degrading to women in general," Bode explained.

He mentioned the statue will be seen for what it's intended for and nothing more.

"It's the courthouse justice system versus the up close of her exposed breast," Bode said.

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