LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A south-central Kentucky county has paid
$230,000 in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union after
losing a legal fight over the posting of three separate Ten
Commandments displays in the courthouse.
Pulaski County officials made the payment Friday, ending the
The ACLU challenged the displays starting in 1999 and won an
injunction requiring that it be taken down. U.S. District Judge
Jennifer Coffman ruled that the displays were likely
unconstitutional because the primary purpose was religious, not
historical or educational. Both the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court upheld the injunction barring the
ACLU attorney William Sharp said in a written statement that the
case reaffirms that government officials may not use public office
to promote a religious agenda.
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