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MSMA Cert Petition

MSMA Cert Petition

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Published by Howard Friedman
March 2014 Cert petition in Mt. Soledad Cross case
March 2014 Cert petition in Mt. Soledad Cross case

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No. 13-______
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In The
Supreme ourt of the United States
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 --------------------------------- MT. SOLEDAD MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION,
 Petitioner,
v. STEVE TRUNK,
 et al
.,
 Respondents.
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 ---------------------------------
On Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari Before Judgment To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit
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 ---------------------------------
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI BEFORE JUDGMENT
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 ---------------------------------
ELLY 
 J. S
HACKELFORD
 J
EFFREY 
 C. M
 ATEER
 H
IRAM
 S. S
 ASSER
 III L
IBERTY 
 I
NSTITUTE
 2001 West Plano Parkway, Suite 1600 Plano, Texas 75075 972.941.4444
 
C
HARLES
 V. B
ERWANGER
 G
ORDON
 & R
EES
 
LLP
 101 West Broadway, Suite 2000 San Diego, California 92101 619.230.7784
 
 A 
LLYSON
N.H
O
 Counsel of Record
 B
RIAN
 M. H
OM
 J
OHN
 C. S
ULLIVAN
 M
ORGAN
, L
EWIS
 & B
OCKIUS
 
LLP
 1717 Main Street, Suite 3200 Dallas, Texas 75201 214.466.4000 aho@morganlewis.com
 
Counsel for Petitioner  Mt. Soledad Memorial  Association
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COCKLE LEGAL BRIEFS (800) 225-6964 WWW.COCKLELEGALBRIEFS.COM
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
 In 2006, the federal government acquired the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial “in order to preserve * * * a national memorial honoring veterans of the United States Armed Forces[.]” Preservation of Mt. Soledad Veterans Mem’l, Pub. L. No. 109-272 § 2(a), 120 Stat. 770, 770-71 (2006). Congress found that “for over 52 years,” the Memorial has been “a tribute to the members of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives in the defense of the United States.”
 Id.
 at § 1(1). And Congress found that the “memorial cross” at Mt. Soledad is “fully integrated as the centerpiece of the multi-faceted * * * Memorial that is replete with secular symbols.”
 Id
. at § 1(3). Nonetheless, the Ninth Circuit held that the Memorial, as “presently configured and as a whole,” violates the Establishment Clause—and on remand, the district court, while expressing its strong disa-greement with that holding, ruled that the only legally sufficient remedy for the violation found by the Ninth Circuit is a permanent injunction ordering the removal of the memorial cross. The question presented is: Whether the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial violates the Establishment Clause because it contains a memorial cross among numerous other religious and secular symbols of patri-otism and sacrifice.
 
ii
PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING
 Petitioner is the Mt. Soledad Memorial Associa-tion. Defendants-Appellants are the United States of  America and Charles T. Hagel. Respondents are Steve Trunk, Richard Smith, Mina Saghreb, Judith Copeland, and the Jewish War  Veterans.

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