A long-running legal debate over a religious symbol on public property has finally come to an end.
The cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla will stand for good, ending one of the country’s longest legal debates surrounding the issue.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page ruling on Wednesday dismissing the latest case that claimed the display of the cross contradicted laws refraining governments from endorsing a religion.
The court remanded the case, Steve Trunk v. the City of San Diego and the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, to the district court with instructions to dismiss it as moot.
For some time the cross and the land it stood on was owned by the government, and by the city before that. The Mount Soledad Memorial Association purchased from the Department of Defense in 2015 nine years after it was given to the department after being claimed as eminent domain by the government.
Plaintiffs in the latest suit opposing the cross