This display of Ten Commandments, seen amid seven historic documents in Mercer County, Ky., courthouse yesterday, is subject of federal lawsuit..
A federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged a display of the Ten Commandments at a Kentucky courthouse.
In the opinion Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Karl S. Forester said the display at the Mercer County courthouse "clearly has a legitimate secular purpose of, including but not limited to, acknowledging the historical influence of the Commandments on the development of this country's laws."
The Lexington, Ky., federal court said "the primary purpose or effect of the display is not to endorse religion as a matter of law."
"This is a tremendous affirmation that the legal attack aimed at removing the Ten Commandments from places like the Mercer County courthouse is legally flawed and without merit," said Francis J. Manion, senior counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, or ACLJ, a public interest law firm that represents...