A historic district in Connecticut being sued for rejecting plans for a synagogue in 2007 is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the lawsuit.
The Litchfield Historic District Commission and the Borough of Litchfield asked the Supreme Court on Monday to hear the case. The move comes after the lawsuit was at first dismissed by a federal judge, then reinstated by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan in September.
Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut accused the historic district commission of religious discrimination when it rejected plans for an addition to an 1870s Victorian house near the Litchfield Green to create a synagogue and rabbi's residence.
The commission said the 17,000-square-foot addition was too large and out of character with other buildings in the historic district.