An appeals court ruled in favor of a Florida county courthouse’s Ten Commandments display, sending the case back down to a lower court that had ruled against the display last year.
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against Dixie County over its five-foot tall Decalogue display lacked legal standing.
The ACLU had sued on behalf of an individual named in court documents as “John Doe,” who lived in North Carolina and had claimed that the presence of the Ten Commandments had inhibited him from purchasing land in Dixie County.
“Therefore, it is uncertain whether foregoing his real estate search constitutes an ‘injury’ of the type that satisfies standing requirements and whether the monument was the real cause of that alleged ‘injury.’ The existence of alternative or additional reasons for Doe’s abandonment of his search for property in the County could render Doe’s injury speculative-more ‘hypothetical’ than ‘actual,'” wrote the Eleventh Circuit.
“Because this conflicting evidence must be resolved in order to determine whether Doe has standing, we vacate the district court’s grant of summary judgment on the merits and remand to the district court to hold an evidentiary hearing and determine what testimony to credit.”
In 2006, the five-foot tall Ten Commandments statue was privately donated to the Dixie County courthouse and put on display prominently on its steps. The following year, the ACLU of Florida filed suit on behalf of an individual known as “John Doe.” Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the plaintiffs. In July 2011, Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice Paul ruled in favor of the ACLU of Florida and Doe and the display was removed.
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Source: Christian Post, International Christian Concern