Gingery v. City of Glendale

Back in July 2013, the City of Glendale, California installed a “Comfort Woman Peace Monument” in its Central Park in memory of Korean women who were victimized by the Japanese army during World War II. A few months later, a small group of Japanese citizens responded by filing a complaint in federal court to require the removal of the monument on the ground that it interfered with the federal government’s exclusive constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs. The district court dismissed the complaint last month for lack of standing and on the merits, reasoning that the monument is constitutional insofar as it does not conflict with U.S. foreign policy. That seems to be the right result, but the plaintiffs appealed last week. I can’t imagine the Ninth Circuit will reverse.


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