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Controversy over cross makes it’s way to Supreme Court

Legal briefs are flying from San Diego to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, in a flurry of activity over the future of the Mount Soledad Cross. The cross will be taken down by August first unless a legal delay is granted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

A group of San Diegans determined to keep the cross amount Mount Soleded will add their emergency application to the Supreme Court, seeking to delay a deadline to have the cross removed.
The city of San Diego has already filed its own application, though city attorney Mike Aguirre openly admits he doubts it will be successful.

Attorney Jim McElroy, is suing to have the cross removed, because it is a religious symbol on city owned land. He says he's filing briefs opposing the delay.

McElroy: "To get a stay you have to convince the court that you are likely to win on appeal and the city just does not have any law that supports its position, it hasn't had for 17 years and it doesn't have now."

McElroy says a single Supreme Court Justice, Justice Anthony Kennedy, will consider the applications and is likely to give his decision within a week.
Alison St John KPBS news.

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