Tuesday, June 27, 2006

MT. Soledad Case Goes to Supreme Court

The City Attorney in San Diego along with Mayor Jerry
Sanders decided to take the Mt. Soledad case to the Supreme Court of
the United States. I have already assembled one of our Supreme Court
teams to file briefs on behalf of the Members of Congress that we
represent, as well as ACLJ Members across the country in this important
case. It appears at this time that the City will be asking for both a
stay of the Ninth Circuit decision as well as a petition for writ of
certiorari. The stay of the decision will allow the monument to remain
while the litigation is pending at the Supreme Court. The petition for
certiorari will ask the Court to grant plenary review of the Ninth
Circuit decision.

    Generally, under Supreme Court practice, the Circuit
Justice in charge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has the
authority to grant the stay. In this case, the Circuit Justice is
Anthony Kennedy. Justice Kennedy can either grant the stay, deny the
stay, or refer the stay to the entire Supreme Court for determination.
It takes five votes to obtain a stay. In order for the case to be
reviewed by the Supreme Court on the merits, it only takes four votes.

Taken from StopTheACLU