Judge Tells Ky. Counties To Pay Up

It's an argument that has lasted 10 years, and it all has to do with a 10 commandments display that used to sit alongside historical documents in the Pulaski and McCreary County courthouses.

“We haven't lost yet. And don't intend to. Because I believe that what the counties have done is totally in compliance with the law and is constitutional,” said Brother David Carr of King of Kings Radio in Somerset.

Carr says despite the Supreme Court ruling that commandments displays in Somerset and Whitley City were unconstitutional, the counties never did anything wrong because they followed the lower courts’ orders.

But now, they're being ordered to pay almost $400,000 to the ACLU, the group that argued against the counties and ultimately won their argument in 2005 from the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I don't know if it's something to create fear, or what. Because the case is up before the 6th circuit and there's nothing that can be done before their ruling,” said Carr.

No one has received a bill yet because the case is on appeal, but the question is if taxpayers could be forced to fork over the money if the counties don't have enough insurance money.

“Well, I think the favor is with the counties, because they have complied with the law,” said Carr.

The 6th circuit court of appeals could rule on the commandments issue late this year, or early next.

Judge Jennifer Coffman said that the counties should pay the money because the American Civil Liberties Union spent more than 1,300 hours over 10 years working on the case.

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