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Oklahoma's Le Flore County won't erect Ten Commandments at courthouse

Oklahoman Published: April 24, 2013

POTEAU (AP) — Le Flore County's commissioners have decided not to build a Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn at Poteau.

The panel this week voted unanimously against putting the monument on public property. Chairman Lance Smith told the Times-Record newspaper of Fort Smith, Ark., in a story published Wednesday that the monument could lead to a lawsuit that the county “probably couldn't win.”

The commission said it had a responsibility as stewards of taxpayer money and that it couldn't justify the cost of defending a lawsuit.

A similar monument in Haskell County was moved to private property.

Le Flore County commissioners had initially approved the monument in early 2009. Smith said after Monday's vote that he was disappointed and that if people followed the commandments, “the world would be a different place.”