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Case Name ACLU v. Mercer County Kentucky FA-KY-0002
Docket / Court 5:01-cv-00480-KSF ( E.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Case Summary
On November 27, 2001, the ACLU and complainant filed this First Amendment case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, against Mercer County, claiming that display of the Ten Commandments inside the county courthouse constituted an endorsement of religion in ... read more >
On November 27, 2001, the ACLU and complainant filed this First Amendment case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, against Mercer County, claiming that display of the Ten Commandments inside the county courthouse constituted an endorsement of religion in violation of the First Amendment's prohibition of the establishment of religion.

The District court (Judge Karl S. Forster) denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction 240 F.Supp.2d 623 (E.D.Ky. Jan 22, 2003)(NO. CIV.A. 01-480-KSF); and granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment, holding that there was no violation since the predominant purpose of the county display was secular - in that it was part of a display of eight other objectively secular historical documents.

219 F.Supp.2d 777 (E.D.Ky. Sep 06, 2002) (NO. CIV.A. 01-480-KSF)

Plaintiffs appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. On April 27, 2004, the appellate court affirmed the district court's judgment 432 F.3d 624, 2005 Fed.App. 0477P (6th Cir.(Ky.) Dec 20, 2005) (NO. 03-5142) and later denied plaintiffs' motion for rehearing en banc. 446 F.3d 651, 2006 Fed.App. 0146P (6th Cir. Apr 24, 2006) (NO. 03-5142)

Dan Dalton - 06/09/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Establishment Clause
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Mercer County
Plaintiff Description ACLU
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
5:01-cv-00480-KSF (E.D. Ky.) 05/04/2006
FA-KY-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion & Order 09/06/2002 (219 F.Supp.2d 777) (E.D. Ky.)
FA-KY-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion & Order 01/22/2003 (240 F.Supp.2d 623) (E.D. Ky.)
FA-KY-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 12/20/2005 (432 F.3d 624)
FA-KY-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 04/24/2006 (446 F.3d 651)
FA-KY-0002-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Batchelder, Alice Moore (Sixth Circuit, N.D. Ohio)
FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004
Clay, Eric L. (Sixth Circuit)
FA-KY-0002-0004
Cole, Ransey Guy Jr. (Sixth Circuit)
FA-KY-0002-0004
Daughtrey, Martha Craig (Sixth Circuit)
FA-KY-0002-0004
Forester, Karl Spillman (E.D. Ky.)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Martin, Boyce Ficklen Jr. (Sixth Circuit)
FA-KY-0002-0004
Moore, Karen Nelson (Sixth Circuit)
FA-KY-0002-0004
Rice, Walter Herbert (S.D. Ohio)
FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004
Suhrheinrich, Richard Fred (Sixth Circuit, E.D. Mich.)
FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Friedman, David A. (Kentucky)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Griffith, Caroline Laurie (Kentucky)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Hoffman, Everett Clay (Kentucky)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Manion, Frances J (Kentucky)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Stanley, Erik William (Virginia)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Staver, Mathew D. (Florida)
FA-KY-0002-0001 | FA-KY-0002-0002 | FA-KY-0002-0003 | FA-KY-0002-0004 | FA-KY-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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