- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico city is asking a larger panel of judges to review a decision that found its Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional.

The Daily Times of Farmington reports (https://bit.ly/2gzzeLQ ) that the city of Bloomfield will petition all of the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to weigh in on the case. A panel of three judges from the court on Nov. 9 upheld a previous decision that found the 3,000-pound, 6-foot-tall monument outside City Hall violates the U.S. Constitution.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker ruled in August 2014 that the monument constitutes government speech and is subject to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Albuquerque attorney Andrew Schultz is representing the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the city on behalf of two Wiccan residents in 2012.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com


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