The Supreme Court decided today to weigh in on the Mount Soledad Cross saga.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued the stay today on behalf of the court. The stay essentially grants the city more time to fight various legal battles it has pending on the cross. Among them, and most pressing, is a recent decision by Judge Gordon Thompson, Jr. that the cross must be removed from public land or the city will have to pay $5,000 a day in fines.

Thompson ruled in May that the city had 90 days to remove the cross from public land. That ruling reiterated Thompson’s decision 15 years earlier that the cross is unconstitutional because it is a religious monument that sits on city owned land.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.


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