Ten Commandments Case To Supreme Court (October 1995)

The Freedom Foundation Religion Foundation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the Colorado State Supreme Court permitting a Ten Commandments monument to stay on capitol grounds in Denver.

The request for cert. was filed by attorney Robert R. Tiernan on September 27, 1995.

Tiernan said the Colorado decision conflicts with a standing decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the high court’s own ruling in Stone v. Graham forbidding the Ten Commandments from being posted in public school classrooms. He said the Colorado decision also conflicts with the Allegheny decision forbidding a religious symbol from being placed near the seat of government.

The Foundation went to court in 1989 to seek removal of the Ten Commandments from state property in Denver. It lost at the trial court level. The State Court of Appeals sided with the Foundation in a decision that was overturned in June, 1995.

In other developments, Tiernan presented oral arguments in the Foundation’s challenge of public imprimatur at a prayer luncheon before the Colorado Court of Appeals on October 3, 1995.

Freedom From Religion Foundation