Saturday, November 03, 2018

Supreme Court Agrees To Review Bladensburg Cross Case

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday granted certiorari in two appeals stemming from the same 4th Circuit opinion. The petitions for review were granted in American Legion v. American Humanist Association (Docket No. 17-1717) and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association (Docket No.  18-18). (Cert. granted, 11/2/2018). (Order List). In the case, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, held that the 40-foot high Bladensburg Cross that has stood for over 90 years as a World War I Veterans' Memorial, violates the Establishment Clause. (See prior posting.) The Circuit Court, by a vote of 8-6, then denied en banc review. (See prior posting). Here is the SCOTUS blog case page for the cases, with links to filings in the case.  WTOP News reports on the grant of review.