High Court Sidesteps San Diego Cross Dispute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't get involved for now in a fight over whether a 29-foot war memorial cross can remain on public land overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.

The justices refused Monday to review an appeals court ruling that deemed the Mount Soledad cross an unconstitutional mixing of government and religion.

The case now goes back to the U.S. District Court in California to decide what should be done to remedy the situation.

Hiram Sasser of Liberty Institute, the legal group representing the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, says the government could propose making additions to the war memorial instead of removing the cross.

In a statement, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said a new appeal could be considered once that issue is decided by the district court.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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