Source: Associated Press
By DENISE LAVOIE
BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request to reconsider its ruling that a 40-foot-tall (12-meter) cross on a Maryland highway median just outside Washington violates the U.S. Constitution, prompting supporters of the war memorial to vow to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-6 to deny a request from the American Legion and other supporters of the 93-year-old World War I monument known as the Peace Cross to rehear the case before the full court.
A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit ruled in October that having the monument on public land “excessively entangles the government in religion.”