Court: CA Cross Must Come Down

    SAN DIEGO - JULY 3: Visitors gather at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial on July 3, 2006 in San Diego, California. A U.S. Supreme Court justice temporarily delayed a federal court judge's order to remove the cross from city property or pay a $5,000 fine per day which would go into effect on August 1st. The cross is the center piece of the memorial which sits atop a mountain overlooking San Diego. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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    A federal judge ruled Thursday that a controversial monument atop Mount Soledad near San Diego is unconstitutional and ordered it removed within 90 days, though that almost certainly won’t happen. The judge stayed his ruling until all appeals are exhausted, and the case is likely to return to the Supreme Court, which refused to intervene until there was a final judgement from a lower court. The monument, which features a large cross and about 3,000 plaques honoring military veterans, sits on federal land. A Jewish veterans group filed suit against the one-sided religious symbolism in 2006.

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