Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Court won't decide on commandments



The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - A lawsuit over the General Assembly's order for the state to place a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Two lower federal courts had ruled that the legislature was trying to endorse religion.

An attorney who challenged the legislature's action, David Friedman of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he anticipated the high court's decision.

The court had refused to hear two other monument cases, both from Indiana, Friedman said. "That's the end of the road for the state," he said.

A granite monument engraved with the commandments was donated to the state by the Fraternal Order of Police in 1971. It stood in an obscure corner of the Capitol grounds until the late 1980s.

The 2000 General Assembly passed a binding resolution that ordered the Finance Cabinet to take the monument out of storage and put it up in a well-traveled area between the Capitol and its annex.




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