ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general has infuriated Gov. Larry Hogan by declining, for the moment, to join a legal fight against a ruling that a prominent cross-shaped war monument on public violates the U.S. Constitution.

Democratic Attorney General Brian E. Frosh sent a letter to the Republican governor on Wednesday, declining his directive to file an amicus brief in support of the parties challenging the ruling. In October, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the World War I memorial on a highway median in Bladensburg, just outside of Washington, “excessively entangles the government in religion.”

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Frosh said it’s not the appropriate time to file an animus brief, but he would monitor the situation.

Hogan called Frosh’s response a “dereliction” of his duties.

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