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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