Attorneys Get $44-Thousand For 10 Commandments Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two attorneys have been awarded more than $44,000 in fees after winning a battle over the public display of the Ten Commandments at a Kentucky courthouse.

U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley said attorneys David Friedman and William E. Sharp, both of whom argued the case for the American Civil Liberties Union, should split $44,208 after winning a permanent injunction keeping the text out of the courthouse.

"Because there are no special circumstances which would render an award of attorneys fees unjust, the plaintiffs are entitled to an award of attorney fees...," McKinley wrote.

McKinley on Wednesday also awarded the attorneys court costs of $3,252.

Friedman and Sharp represented two citizens, Raymond Harper and Ed Meredith, who sued in 2001 claiming the intent of displaying the commandments in a public building was religious and violated the Constitution. In March, McKinley granted a permanent injunction barring the display of the Ten Commandments as part of a "Foundations of American Law and Government" display.

No public money was used to set up the display in the county courthouse in Leitchfield, about 75 miles southwest of Louisville.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    That shall not kill, one of the ten commandments that the judge will send you to jail for but won't display them. Doen't make sense. If you don't believe in them how can you say that killing someone is wrong. See my problem with this.
  • by PJ Location: Pikeville, Ky. on Dec 2, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    David Friedman and William E. Sharp---------It will be interesting to see how many people remember these two when looking for an honest attorney.
  • by Les Location: Ashland on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    This old baptist preacher agrees with this decision ,religion should be in your heart not with signs and posters or stickers on your car let your religion be personal amen
  • by WOW-rednex Location: lex on Dec 2, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    blessed be the cheesemakers - for they make good cheese!
  • by Jennifer Location: Morehead on Dec 2, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    Looks like most of the viewers have gotten it correct (pro-God). May God forgive these people for the evil that resides in their hearts. Taking God out of our country is going to bring a wrath of issues that will make people who do not acknowledge God wish they knew Him intimately! The Bible says we are to fear Him. These men are showing no fear. Justice will prevail. God have mercy.
  • by Freda Location: Lexington on Dec 2, 2008 at 03:43 AM
    The Lawyers should be ashamed to show their face.May GOD forgive you for your stupidity!
  • by cordis Location: hazard,ky. on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    GOD WILL HAVE A TRIAL ON THE ACLU LAWYERS AND ALL WHO PROTEST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.I AM FAR FROM PERFECT BUT I HAVE BETTER SENSE TO NOT DO AS THE ACLU LAWYERS AND PROTEST GOD.
  • by jay Location: LETCHER on Dec 1, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    they could not accept the ten commandments IN THE COURT ROOM but they accepted 44000 IN GOD WE TRUST IN THIER POCKETS
  • by kymom Location: lexington on Dec 1, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    This country was founded on GOD! That's why it's on our money and our Pledge of Allegiance! If you don't like what our country is based on, then get the heck out! It's the same with everything else people are trying to change around here. Our language is the English language! If you wanna speak something else, then go somewhere else! Don't try to change what's been working perfectly fine for years now! Why do we let the monority take control of everything? Stand up against these idiots and they'll eventually shut up!
  • by michelle on Nov 30, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    hahaha! this country wasn't founded on "freedom of religion"! YOU GET with the program and read some U.S. history. The Declaration of Ind. and the Constitution were written around around the same time frame that we won our indep. in 1776. Uhm, our nation U.S.A was founded 1605 (120 years before that time)! Now tell me something, doesn't being "founded" seem more DISTANT(far apart...120 years or sooo) from when the "freedom of religion" was incorporated into the Constitution?! Oh, and IF our nation were to be REALLY based on FREEDOM of any religion, then why the heck do we have "In God We Trust" on our currency? THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED ON OUR CHRISTIAN GOD and FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST! if you want more PROOF (anyone) check out old documents written by previous presidents and leaders...that will tell you. Society always lies. Find the truth yourselves! Always! It's NICE to be EDUCATED! But some out there should wonder, are you really educated by certain PEOPLE!?! LOL Later... ahhh life!

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