Courthouse monument plans scrapped

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruling against a Ten Commandments monument in Haskell County has killed plans for a similar monument on the Le Flore County Courthouse lawn.

Former Poteau Mayor Don Barnes has been a leading advocate for the monument but says that after consulting with his legal adviser, it was decided to abandon the project for fear of being sued.

Barnes and his supporters have already raised more than $3,500 for the 7-foot-by-3-foot granite monument.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Monday that the monument on the Haskell County Courthouse lawn endorses religion and violates the Constitution.

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