By a 5–4 margin, United States Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of Ten Commandment displays on government property, but drew the line at allowing similar displays inside courtrooms.
Nearly five years ago there was controversy in Grand Junction when a Ten Commandments dislay was moved to the lawn of City Hall. City adminstrators decided to create a the "Cornerstones of Law and Liberty" by placing stone tablets of some of the most important documents in American history alongside the ten commandments.
Despite those changes, the Amercan Civil Liberties Union unsuccessfully sued the city in October of 2000 to have the display removed. Former City Councilmember Reford Theovbold says the supreme court opinion makes any further legal challenges unlikely.
Monday's rulings were the first on such displays since 1980, when justices barred their display in public schools.
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