Fight over monument sent back to lower court

3:41 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The fight over a five-foot tall granite monument that prominently displays the Ten Commandments in front of a north Florida courthouse is back before a lower court.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta refused to take up the squabble Wednesday, instead ordering a U.S. District Court to rule on the standing of the plaintiff in the case. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of a North Carolina resident who owned property in a neighboring county and was considering buying property in Dixie County but was offended by the monument.

The ACLU sued Dixie County to remove the monument from the front of the courthouse building in Cross City. The six-ton, $20,000 monument was bought by a local businessman who pays for its upkeep.

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