Bloomfield petitions Supreme Court to hear Ten Commandments case

The Daily Times staff
The city of Bloomfield has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court hear an appeal of a case involving the Ten Commandments monument outside its City Hall.

FARMINGTON — The city of Bloomfield filed a request today for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case involving a monument displaying the Ten Commandments outside of City Hall, according to a press release from the Alliance Defending Freedom.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the city of Bloomfield. The nonprofit organization is not charging Bloomfield for legal services.

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The Ten Commandments are one of several monuments displayed on the lawn outside City Hall. A disclaimer states that the monuments do not necessarily reflect the view of the city of Bloomfield and were placed there by private citizens.

In 2012, shortly after the Ten Commandments were placed in front of City Hall, two polytheistic Bloomfield residents sued the city and demanded that the monument be removed. 

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In 2014, a federal judge ruled that the monument constituted government speech endorsing a religion. The judge ordered that the monument be removed.

The City Council voted in February to file a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. The petition follows the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver denying a motion for rehearing.

At least four of the eight justices on the Supreme Court will have to accept the petition before it will hear the case.

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch served on the 10th Circuit at the time that it heard the motion for rehearing. He "did not participate in the final issuance of the order," according to court documents.

The Bloomfield Ten Commandments is pictured Nov. 10 at Bloomfield City Hall.