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Paulson v. Abdelnour, D047702

Order invalidating Proposition A, passed by the voters of San Diego which mandates the donation of city parkland containing a religious symbol to the federal government to be designated a national veterans memorial, is reversed as the donation of the site: 1) is not improper or unconstitutional; 2) does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. or California Constitution; 3) does not violate the no preference clause of the California Constitution.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/30/2006
  • Published 11/30/2006

Judges

  • BENKE, Acting P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Law Offices of Charles S. LiMandri, West Coast Regional Office of the Thomas More Law Center, Charles S. LiMandri and Teresa Mendoza, Rancho Santa Fe, for Real Party in Interest and Appellant., Timothy D. Chandler, Folsom, for The American Legion and The American Legion Department of California as Amici Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest and Appellant., Edwin Meese III and Eric Carleson for The American Civil Rights Union as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest and Appellant., Robert P. Ottilie, San Diego, for Intervener and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Michael J. Aguirre, City Attorney, and David J. Karlin, Deputy City Attorney, for Defendants and Appellants., Robert Tyler, Jay Alan Sekulow and Erik M. Zimmerman for Advocates for Faith & Freedom and American Center for Law & Justice as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants., Brian Chavez-Ochoa, Valley Springs, for The National Legal Foundation as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant Charles Abdelnour., Sue Ellen Wooldridge, Assistant Attorney General, Ryan D. Nelson, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Kathryn E. Kovacs for the United States Department of Justice as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant City of San Diego., James E. McElroy, San Diego, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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