The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn and Elsewhere

45 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2006

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School


The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard two Ten Commandments cases, one from Kentucky and one from Texas. Shortly before agreeing to hear these cases the Court refused to grant certiorari in Glassroth v. Moore, the controversial case involving a Ten Commandments monument weighing more than 5000 pounds that the former chief justice of Alabama, Roy Moore, placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building. At the heart of all three cases is a conflict over the meaning of the First Amendment.

Keywords: U.S. Constitution, Church, state

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn and Elsewhere. Fordham Law Review, Vol. 73, pp. 1477-1520, 2005, Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-005, Available at SSRN:

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