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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Federal judge upheld courthouse Ten Commandments display
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On September 17, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled that a display featuring the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse was constitutional because it did not promote religion. Judge Karl Forester ruled against a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, finding that the display was part of an exhibition on the basics of American law and government. The ruling allowed a similar lawsuit involving a Ten Commandments display at another Kentucky courthouse to proceed, because Forester was not convinced that other display was not intended to endorse religion.

Learn more about litigation surrounding public displays of the Ten Commandments from the JURIST news archive.

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