LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has permanently barred a
Kentucky county from using the Ten Commandments as part of a
"Foundations of American Law and Government" display.
U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley said the display in Grayson County has the "effect of endorsing religion." McKinley's ruling upholds a preliminary injunction issued in 2002 that resulted in county officials taking down the Ten Commandments, but leaving the frame on display.
No public money was used to set up display in the county
courthouse in Leitchfield, about 75 miles southwest of Louisville.
The case is one of several in Kentucky involving the Ten Commandments.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that displays inside the McCreary and Pulaski county courthouses were unconstitutional while the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals said a Mercer County Courthouse display that incorporated other historical documents was constitutional.
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