• 1980: In Stone v. Graham, The U.S. Supreme Court found unconstitutional a
law requiring the posting of the commandments in cl
srooms. It is the only time the Supreme Court h
addressed the issue.
, though Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thom
said they would like to address the issue. In August, a federal judge ordered city officials to remove
's Ten Commandments monument. The city spent $63,000 in legal fees before moving it to private property. The c
e may be important because, some say, in declining to hear it the Supreme Court may be indicating that it is not, at this point, going to tamper with the decisions of lower courts to bar the monuments from public land.
legislative directive to put a Ten Commandments monument on
's state capitol grounds w
unconstitutional. This c
e stands out because it w
decided on a higher level court than most other such c
District Judge Myron Thompson rules that the 5,300-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments placed in the rotunda of the
by Chief Justice Roy Moore violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and must be removed.
suspended for defying a federal court order to move the Ten Commandments monument.
: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (Moore v. Glassroth). Lower federal courts had ruled that
violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
: The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore , upholding a decision by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary that removed him from office.