Judge OKs Merging 2 Lawsuits Over Ten Commandments Monument

Jun 25, 2018

Arkansas state Capitol workers clean up the remains of the first Ten Commandments monument after it was destroyed on June 28, 2017, less than 24 hours after it was unveiled.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge has agreed to merge two lawsuits by opponents of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument that seek to have the display removed from the state Capitol grounds.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday granted the request to consolidate the lawsuits challenging the privately funded display. A 2015 law required the state to allow its construction.

The monument was reinstalled in April after the original version was destroyed by a man who crashed his car into it.

The lawsuits claim the display is the government's unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas sued on behalf of four Arkansas residents. The second suit was filed on behalf of a coalition opposed to the monument.