Samuel A. Alito

Supreme Court seems inclined to retain cross memorial in Maryland

Supreme Court seems inclined to retain cross memorial in Maryland

The Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling.

The case is being closely watched because it involves the place of religious symbols in public life, but the particular memorial at issue in the case is a nearly 100-year-old cross that was built in a Washington, D.C., suburb as a memorial to area residents who died in World War I.

Even before arguments in the case, it seemed that the memorial's supporters, including the Trump administration, had the upper hand based on the court's decision to take up the matter and the court's conservative makeup. But on...

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