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CINCINNATI | A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld a ruling that says an Ohio judge violated the U.S. Constitution by displaying a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a federal district court’s decision that Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese violated the constitutional separation of church and state by hanging the poster.

The judge hung the poster in 2006 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that another poster he hung in 2000 violated the separation of church and state. The later poster includes the Ten Commandments as one of two sets of what Judge DeWeese described as contrasting law philosophies that affect the handling of criminal cases.

From wire dispatches and staff reports