Court Turns Away Appeal Over Commandments Display

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away another appeal from an Ohio judge who wanted to display a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.

The court on Monday refused to hear the argument rom Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese.

The judge hung the poster in his courtroom in Mansfield, north of Columbus, in 2006 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that another Ten Commandments poster he hung in 2000 violated separation between church and state.

DeWeese told the Mansfield News Journal that he was disappointed but knew the appeal was a long shot.

The ACLU of Ohio Foundation sued, and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the display endorsed religious views and was unconstitutional. The ACLU also sued in the first case.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    Our Constution clearly calls for seperation of church and state. This judge should be removed from the bench for violation of this nature. I certainly don't want someone like HIM and his mode of thinking, sitting in judgement of me or anyone. His BIBLE thumping has no place in a courtroom.
  • by John Bowling Location: Marietta on Oct 4, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    I am totally disgusted that as a Nation we allow the ACLU to dictate what we can and cannot display in public. Our nation was founded on Christian principles and everyday we step further and further away from principles. As a country we need to look to GOD in our times of need. Hanging a poster of ones beliefs is preaching to everyone in a court room. If we do not make a stand now when will we ever.
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