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U.S. Supreme Court Reverses Fourth Circuit, Allowing Bladensburg Cross to Remain on Public Property

Bladensburg Cross
Bladensburg Cross

Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Fourth Circuit Court ruling allowing the Bladensburg Cross to remain on public property in Maryland.

A panel of the Fourth Circuit had ruled 2-1 the cross violated the separation of church and state. And though the Supreme Court reversed it, the justices had different rationales.

“It was a very splintered decision in that there were seven justices writing," said Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond. “Justice Alito wrote for the court and basically said it was a monument to the sacrifice of the soldiers who died in the war.”

He says the decision applies narrowly to the Fourth Circuit case and there could be others from around the country.

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