The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn and Elsewhere

45 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2006  

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Abstract

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887777

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

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Albany Law School - Government Law Center ( email )

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