Judge orders removal of Bible
HOUSTON (AP) -- A federal judge ruled again Monday that a Bible must be removed from a monument outside the Harris County civil courts building.
U.S. District Judge Sim Lake denied an emergency request by the county to allow the display to remain until appeals are exhausted.
"The fact that the county has violated the plaintiff's rights for years does not mean that the violation should be allowed to continue," Lake wrote.
He first ruled Aug. 10 that the display violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Linda Mahar, an assistant county attorney, said a request to delay the effect of the ruling has been submitted to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
The matter would be discussed at a county commissioners' meeting today, Mahar said.
A real estate broker and attorney, Kay Staley, sued the county last year, arguing the Bible display improperly advanced Christianity.