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Judge Upholds Ten Commandments Display in Eastern Ky. Courthouse

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a display
of the Ten Commandments at an eastern Kentucky courthouse does not
violate the Constitution.
The Ten Commandments display, part of the "Foundations of
American Law and Government" exhibit at the Rowan County Fiscal
Court, came under fire in 2001 when the American Civil Liberties
Union of Kentucky filed a lawsuit claiming the display was
unconstitutional.
Aside from the Ten Commandments, the display includes the
Mayflower compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna
Carta, the Bill of Rights and other commemorative items.
In his ruling released Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Karl
Forester said the display "does not have the effect of endorsing
religion."
Forester cited a similar case involving Mercer County. That
county's display, virtually identical to Rowan County's, was upheld
by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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