November 19, 2002
MAKE HIM:Ten Commandments Display Ordered Out of Courthouse (Manuel Roig-Franzia, November 19, 2002, Washington Post)
The bulky Ten Commandments monument that Alabama's crusading chief justice sneaked into the rotunda of the state Supreme Court building late one night last summer was ruled unconstitutional today by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson in Montgomery, Ala., repudiated the monument's champion -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore -- for creating "a religious sanctuary within the walls of a courthouse." Thompson gave Moore 30 days to remove the monument, but the chief justice's attorneys said they will ask a federal appeals court to allow it to remain in place during a lengthy appeals process that both sides expect could ultimately lead to the U. S. Supreme Court.
That monument will be there long after Judge Thompson leaves the bench. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2002 3:52 PM