Cert Grant in Summum
mstern at ajcongress.org
Mon Mar 31 13:42:36 PDT 2008
Moerdler at stroock.com
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Subject: Cert Grant in Summum
The Supreme Court today granted cert in an unusual Ten Commandments case, Summum v. Pleasant Grove City. The case was brought by a religious organization that wanted to put up its own religious monument in a city park, given that there was already a Ten Commandments display there. The Tenth Circuit found for the plaintiffs, agreeing with them that the park was a traditional public forum from which the plaintiffs could only be excluded upon the showing of a compelling interest. The panel's decision seems pretty dubious - I imagine the Supreme Court will reverse, with a logic along the lines of Judge McConnell's dissent from denial of rehearing en banc.
Christopher C. Lund
Assistant Professor of Law
Mississippi College School of Law
151 E. Griffith St.
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 925-7141 (office)
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