Longtime nativity display on Mound Road loses in court

“A federal judge Monday put an end to a Warren family’s 63-year holiday tradition by denying their request to erect an annual nativity scene on Mound Road,” reports The Detroit News.

“In an opinion released Monday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen rejected a request for a temporary order that would have allowed John Satawa to put up the display for 30 days while he continues a federal court battle with the Road Commission of Macomb County.

“Satawa filed a federal lawsuit against the county in October on claims it violated his constitutional rights when it denied a permit for the manger scene. But county officials say the log-cabin-like display placed in the county right-of-way at Mound and Chicago was a public safety hazard.”