July Trial Set For Lawsuit Over Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument

Feb 12, 2020

Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert, who sponsored legislation placing a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, speaks to reporters on April 26, 2018.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A trial seeking the removal of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds is set to begin this summer. 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday ordered the trial over the privately funded monument to begin the week of July 13.

Opponents of the monument sued the state over the display, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government.

The granite monument replaces a display that was destroyed in 2017 less than 24 hours after its installation.

A 2015 law required the state to allow the privately funded monument on Capitol grounds.