JURIST kicks off the fall season with our first ever edition of the "legally quirky": relevant and slightly baffling legal news.A monument of the Ten Commandments is under siege in Oklahoma. Not only is theACLU of Oklahomachallenging the presence of a statue on government property, but... ...[read more]
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday that a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol Building does not violate the state's constitution. The monument was erected in 2012 after gaining approval in 2009 from the state legislature. The ...[read more]
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ...[read more]
11/06/2013: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on legislative prayer.
07/03/2012: Federal judge upheld South Carolina program awarding credit for off-campus religious courses.
01/17/2012: Supreme Court declined to rule on board meeting prayers in North Carolina.
01/11/2012: Supreme Court upheld ...[read more]
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Oklahoma (ACLU-OK) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the Oklahoma County District Court seeking the removal of a Ten Commandments monument placed prominently in the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The ACLU cites the constitutional ...[read more]
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision ordering Florida's Dixie County Courthouse to remove a Ten Commandments monument from its front steps. A federal judge last year ordered the monument to be removed ...[read more]
On June 9, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a permanent injunction against the display of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The displays, called "Foundations of Law and Government," contained eight other documents in addition to the Ten Commandments, ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on Friday that a lawsuit opposing a Ten Commandments monument displayed on property owned by the City of Fargo, North Dakota, may move forward. The nonprofit group Red River Freethinkers filed suit against Fargo in 2002, claiming that the city ...[read more]
On September 17, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled that a display featuring the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse was constitutional because it did not promote religion. Judge Karl Forester ruled against a lawsuit brought by the American ...[read more]
A federal judge on Friday ordered Florida's Dixie County Courthouse to remove the Ten Commandments monument displayed on the front steps of the courthouse. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) filed the lawsuit in early 2007, arguing that the monument violated the Establishment ...[read more]