Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Las Cruces Case Argued In 10th Circuit

On Monday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Weinbaun v. City of Las Cruces, New Mexico in which plaintiffs are challenging the official symbol of Las Cruces-- three crosses surrounded by a sunburst. The lower court found no Establishment Clause problem with the emblem. (See prior posting.) The Las Cruces Sun News reports that the 10th Circuit arguments focused on whether a reasonable observer would believe the emblem to be an endorsement of religion.