Court Ruling Prohibits Judge From Posting Ten Commandments in OH Courtroom

July 15, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

On July 15, 2004 The Associated Press reported that, "an Ohio judge cannot post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom because it violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold a lower court's decision that ordered Judge James DeWeese of Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield to remove a Ten Commandments poster he displayed in his courtroom... The American Civil Liberties Union sued to challenge the July 2000 display of the Ten Commandments, arguing that its posting in a public courtroom gave it the appearance of an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion."