Complaint Filed Against Judge for Praying in Court

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) - A complaint has been filed against a Covington County judge charging he violated judicial ethics rules by ordering a group in his courtroom to hold hands and pray.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the complaint against Covington County Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan. MaKathan made headlines four years ago when he started wearing the Ten Commandments embroidered on his judicial robe.

ACLU attorney Allison Neal said the complaint was filed with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission after McKathan dropped to his knees and prayed aloud during a court hearing in Monroeville in February.

The incident occurred in a case where the pastor and several deacons of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church sued the church's former secretary to gain possession of financial records.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Colon & Debra Location: Hartford on Aug 14, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    GOOD FOR YOU...WISHED WE HAD OF BEEN THERE WE WOULD HAVE DROPPED TO OUR KNEES AND PRAYED WITH HIM..WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT IS WILLING TO STAND UP FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE..IF THE U.S.A. DON'T START STANDING UP FOR THE WORD OF GOD WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE...GOD BLESS THIS MAN
  • by Elaine Location: New Brockton on Aug 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM
    Good for the Judge. It is good to hear about about a real man with guts. Just remember "greater is he that is within you, than he that is within the world". It is a shame that a few like Jean Dixon can try to ruin a great country like America.
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