WASHINGTON (Aug. 28)
A lower court order in Illinois barring neo-Nazis from parading with swastikas in Skokie, a Chicago suburb where 7000 Nazi death camp survivors reside, was allowed to stand Friday by Supreme Court Justice John Stevens.
The National Socialist Party had asked Stevens to issue a stay of the lower court order, which would have permitted such Nazi marches, while the state lower court ban was being appealed. The Illinois State Supreme Court, under an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, has set Sept. 20 as the date for hearing arguments for appeal of the order. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the Nazis.
Stevens said he was “confident” the Illinois Supreme Court would make its decision without “unnecessary delay” and that because giving the stay the Nazis asked for would be “tantamount to a decision on the merits in favor” of the Nazis, and that he therefore would not grant the requested stay.