By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Published 2:17 am Wednesday, October 16, 2002
A Brewton attorney and candidate for county commissioner is among those who will take the stand this week in opposition to the placement at the Alabama Supreme Court of a display that includes the Ten Commandments.
Melinda Maddox, who is seeking election as a Republican to the district 1 seat on the county commission, has signed the lawsuit along with C. Wade of Huntsville, Robert Beckerle of Mobile and Beverly Howard of Montgomery as plaintiffs. In addition the lawsuit is being brought by the Southern Poverty Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union. They are seeking to have the display removed from the courthouse.
The hearing, which began on Tuesday in a federal court, names Chief Justice Roy Moore and Rich Hobson, administrative director of courts.
The complaint states that Maddox is offended by the display due to her views of the U.S. Constitution and her own religious faith.
In general, the suit claims the display violates the 1st and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Maddox could not be reached for comment regarding her stance or role in the lawsuit.