July Trial Set for Lawsuit Over Arkansas Ten Commandments


July Trial Set for Lawsuit Over Arkansas Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol after it was placed on June 27, 2017, and how it appeared on the next day.

LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge has set a July trial for a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments display outside the Arkansas state Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday ordered the trial over the display installed on the Capitol grounds in 2018 to begin the week of July 13. Opponents of the privately funded display argue it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government and are seeking its removal.

The granite monument replaces a display that was destroyed in 2017 less than 24 hours after its installation. A 2015 law required the state to allow the privately funded monument on Capitol grounds.

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