Wiggin and Dana's Appellate Practice Group files amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Government's Display of Ten Commandments

December 13, 2004
Wiggin and Dana's national Appellate Practice Group filed today an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in two cases that will resolve whether a government's display of the Ten Commandments violates the federal constitution's requirement for separation of church and state under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Van Orden v. Perry, Gov. of Texas, No. 03-1500; McCreary County, Ky. v. ACLU of Ky ., No. 03-1693. The Appellate Practice Group was retained to prepare the brief by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a prominent, national civil rights organization rooted in the Jewish community, and the Group's attorneys wrote the brief in partnership with a theological scholar at Boston College, a Jesuit, Catholic university. The brief provides a theological and legal basis for concluding that the displays of the Ten Commandments on a monument on the Texas state capitol grounds, and on the walls of two Kentucky courthouses, are unconstitutional.  The cases will be decided by the end of the Supreme Court's term in June 2005.