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U.S. Supreme Court Stays Out Of Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute

View of the Mount Soledad Cross and Veterans Memorial.

Photo by Sandy Huffaker

Above: View of the Mount Soledad Cross and Veterans Memorial.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in the long-running controversy over the 43-foot Mount Soledad cross before the appeals court has a chance to weigh in.

Supporters of the monument wanted to skip the appeals court and go straight to the Supreme Court because the legal fight has been going on for 25 years.

The Mt. Soledad Memorial Association said the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been hostile to the cross in earlier rulings.

The Obama administration disagrees with a lower court order for the cross to be removed, but said the case should go to the appeals court first.

In a statement released Monday morning, Justice Anthony Alito agreed with the high court's decision.

This is the second time the high court refused to hear the case. It made a similar decision in 2012.

Justice Alito states:

"Since that time, the District Court has issued an order requireing the memorial to be removed, but it has stayed that order pending appeal. The Court of Appeals has not yet reviewed that order on appeal. Seeking to bypass that step, petition seeks certiorari at that stage. In my view, it has not met the very demanding standard we require in order to grant certiorari at that stage. In light of the stay, and any review by this Court can await the decision of the Court of Appeals."


Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | June 30, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

How long has it been since the cross was ruled unconstitutional and ordered to be removed?

How about we remove the cross now, and if the cross people are successful after another 30 years of appeals, they can put it back up at that time.

As it stands now, the cross is a glaring symbol of the violation of the Bill of Rights.

That is not San Diego. We are not proud of that.

Remove it today.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | June 30, 2014 at 11:16 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

I like the cross it is no problem. It doesn't make me scream and cry. If there was a huge crescent moon up there I wouldn't be all upset about it. Some people just need something to waste their energy on I guess.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | June 30, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. ― 2 years ago

I would like to know how the separation of church and state applies to this case.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | June 30, 2014 at 6:34 p.m. ― 2 years ago

I agree with CADef here, it doesn't bother me personally, I never go there, but from a legal standpoint it is a violation of the Bill of Rights.

It should have been bulldozed years ago.

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