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Fri July 31, 2009

Ten Commandments in Haskell County

Denver, CO – Divided court upholds Ten Commandments ruling

DENVER (AP) A sharply divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn of the Haskell County courthouse is unconstitutional.

On a 6-6 vote the judges let stand the June 8 ruling by a three-judge panel that the monument endorses religion.

Seven votes are needed to reconsider the ruling.

County commissioners had asked the full court to rehear the case.

The June decision was written by 10th Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes of Oklahoma City who appointed by former President George W. Bush.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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