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November 3, 2004
A Superior Court judge rejected attempts Tuesday to stop the removal of a tiny gold cross from the county seal. Opponents of the decision to replace the seal had sought a temporary restraining order, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayer funds. But Judge David Yaffe refused to order county officials to stop the redesign. Foes said they plan to continue their legal fight.
June 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a request by the city of San Diego to delay an Aug. 2 deadline set by a federal judge to have the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed. The judge has said that unless the cross comes down, the city faces a fine of $5,000 a day. Mayor Jerry Sanders said that he was disappointed and would continue to fight to save the cross, including a second appeal to the White House to declare the cross part of the national park system.
December 1, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A state appeals court Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that had voided a 2005 ballot measure in which the city-owned land beneath the controversial Mt. Soledad cross was deeded to the federal government. A trial judge had said the measure, approved by 76% of voters, was an improper attempt to sidestep a federal judge's ruling that the cross violated constitutional separation of church and state.
October 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For the second time, a federal judge Tuesday ruled that the city, in effect, rigged the sale of public property on Mt. Soledad to ensure that a 43-foot-tall cross would remain on the site. U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson said the sale of the land to a group dedicated to maintaining the cross was improper because other groups were blocked from the bidding. He had earlier ruled that the cross violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
November 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
British Airways said it would review a rule that bars employees from wearing crosses. A furor arose over the policy after a check-in clerk at London's Heathrow Airport refused to stop wearing a cross on a neck chain. She protested that the policy amounted to religious discrimination because Sikhs and Muslims were allowed to wear head coverings. The Archbishop of York and more than 100 members of Parliament had protested against the airline's stand.
November 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Italy will ignore an "unreal" European court ruling that bans crucifixes in state-run schools as it appeals the decision, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said. "Whatever the outcome of the appeal, there's no obligatory force to the decision," Berlusconi said. The ruling this week by the European Court of Human Rights stems from a complaint by a woman who said crosses displayed in her children's classrooms violated the way she wanted to raise them. Her children were 11 and 13 when she filed a complaint in 2001.
October 1, 1992
Following protests from a Roman Catholic church in New Mexico, a Canoga Park distributor has halted sales of a cross including "miracle" dirt that the seller guaranteed would bring its owners love and riches. Burton C. Unsen, who created the cross for his mail-order company that sells occult and New Age products, notified church officials in Chimayo, N.M., on Tuesday that he was discontinuing the item, a church spokeswoman and an Unsen employee said Wednesday.
They have been lining up for days along the narrow street that leads to Alejandrina Carmona's small home in Montecito Heights. Children, pregnant women, young tough men: All crowd to the backside of the house to peer at a bathroom window where some claim they see a sign from God. Two images in the shape of crosses appear on the window's frosted glass. Sometimes, Carmona and her family insisted, three crosses appear.
January 23, 1988 | From United Press International
A judge Friday reluctantly dismissed two of four charges against five white supremacists accused of a 1983 illegal cross-burning, calling the ceremony a "despicable display of bigotry." Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin ruled there was insufficient evidence to sustain a felony charge that the defendants conspired to violate a Municipal Code section that prohibits burning waste materials without a permit.
August 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A federal appeals court ruled a 43-foot cross can remain on Mt. Soledad overlooking La Jolla. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city's stratagem of selling the land beneath the cross to a nonprofit group to preserve the landmark. The action was taken after the ACLU and others objected to a cross on public land. A judge had ordered the cross removed as a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
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