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Judge dismisses latest lawsuit over Dewey Hill cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- For the second time this summer, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit in support of the cross on top of Grand Haven's Dewey Hill.

Back in January, the Grand Haven city council agreed to a resolution that no longer permits the cross to raised on Dewey Hill.

The resolution came in response to complaints the cross violates the separation of church and state.

A group of anonymous residents sued to block the resolution, claiming their religious rights were being violated. Judge Jon Hulsing dismissed that lawsuit in June.

A week later, former Kent County assistant prosecutor Helen Brinkman filed a new lawsuit, adding the plaintiffs' names.

The judge on Tuesday determined the city has the right to do what it wants with its own property. He disagreed with the argument that the cross should continue to be displayed as a matter of free speech.

Brinkman promises her clients will appeal this latest ruling.