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Judge: Lake Elsinore's proposed memorial unconstitutional because it sends 'religious message'


Last updated 7/17/2013 at Noon

RIVERSIDE - The city of Lake Elsinore's proposed granite monument saluting veterans of foreign wars who have made the ultimate sacrifice is an unconstitutional display by the municipality because it sends an ''unmistakably religious message'' that city leaders overtly support, according to a federal judge's written ruling published today.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson, based at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside, granted a preliminary injunction sought by two Lake Elsinore residents represented by the American Humanist Association, which challenged the proposed $50,000 monum...

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