Oklahoma Supreme Court Again Orders Removal of Ten Commandments Monument

Oklahoma Supreme Court Again Orders Removal of Ten Commandments Monument July 29, 2015

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a motion to reconsider its recent decision that the Ten Commandments monument on state capitol grounds be removed. But Gov. Mary Fallin is still looking for ways around the ruling, it seems.

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court on Monday said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at its Capitol in 2012, rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision.

The justices denied a request by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission to rethink the court’s June 30 decision that the statue’s placement violates the state constitution’s ban on the use of state property for the benefit of religion.

Earlier in July, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, had said she would keep the monument in place while lawmakers sought a way to block the decision…

A spokesman for Fallin said the state has not received a final order to remove the monument, which would come from district court.

“In the meantime, the state is reviewing what legal options are available for preserving the monument,” spokesman Alex Weintz said.

You don’t have any. Fallin has said that she would keep it in place while efforts were made to overturn the ruling one of three ways: Have the justices impeached, have the state legislature change the law that the ruling was based on, or have a referendum to amend the state constitution to allow it. But none of those is a valid reason not to enforce the court’s ruling. If those things happen, you can put it back. But the ruling is valid and enforceable right now and the court has not issued a stay. If Fallin insists on refusing to comply with that order, it would trigger a constitutional crisis in that state.

And I’m always amused when people file motions to reconsider. Do they ever work? Why do they think that a court is going to change its mind immediately after issuing a ruling just because you want them to?

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