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Supreme Court delays Mt. Soledad cross removal

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued a stay, delaying an order by a federal judge to take down the Mount Soledad cross, pending a further ruling. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The ruling means the Mount Soledad cross is now on the Supreme Court's agendaThe ruling states that Judge's Thompson's federal order to remove the cross by August 1st is stayed, pending further order by either Justice Kennedy or the full Supreme Court.

Attorney Jim McElroy, who is fighting on behalf of atheist Philip Paulson to have the cross removed, says Justice Kennedy's order does not necessary mean the Supreme Court is going to hear the case.

McElroy: "This has nothing to do with whether the Supreme Court is ever going to hear the merits of this case , this is him saying everybody stay in place until I get a chance to review this matter and I'll get back to you."

A spokesperson at the Supreme Court says in cases involving tight deadlines, the court is likely to rule in a timely manner. The Ninth Circuit court of Appeal refused to consider the motion for a stay, opening the door for the city's appeal to the Supreme Court. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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