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Ohio judge can't display 10 Commandments

Published: Wed, February 2, 2011 @ 7:20 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge violated the U.S. Constitution by displaying a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, a federal appeals court ruled today.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal district court's ruling that Judge James DeWeese of Richland County Common Pleas Court violated the constitutional separation between church and state by displaying the poster.

Judge DeWeese's attorney, Francis Manion, said he and his client disagree with the ruling and are considering their options. They could ask the full appeals court for a hearing or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The judge hung the poster in his courtroom in Mansfield, north of Columbus, in 2006 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that another Ten Commandment poster he hung in 2000 violated separation between church and state.

The latest poster titled "Philosophies of Law in Conflict" shows the Ten Commandments in a column listed as "moral absolutes" and secular humanist principles in another column listed as "moral relatives."


1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Go for it Judge DeWeese, go for the full appeals court decision ! although you may not win.This country is/was based on Christian principals. I dont care what religion you are or even if you are atheist the 10 commandments are based on life principals. Abide by them.

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2advocateforjustice(5 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I concur with the statement made by oldmillspice but would like to go further to state that those who oppose the display of the 10 commandments because of 'the church vs state law' should go back and research how this law came about

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3mrhappy(23 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

separation of church and state needs to be enforced fully. this judge should be disbarred. what about those of us who aren't christians? why should we put up with your religion walking all over everyone else?

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