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U.S. Supreme Court won't take up Elmbrook church graduation case

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A major church and state ruling against a suburban Milwaukee school district will stand.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an appeal of a ruling from two years ago, which found that the Elmbrook schools violated the Constitution by holding high school graduations at Elmbrook Church.

The justices did not say why they refused to take the case, but Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia said they would have taken it.

The federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that a giant cross at the Elmbrook Church and other symbols endorsed religion, during graduation ceremonies for two Brookfield high schools over much of the 2000's decade.

The graduations were moved to a new school field house in 2010, so officials said the case was moot.

Still, the Elmbrook School Board appealed the 2012 ruling, saying the justices needed to answer the constitutional questions involved.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)