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Man says 'In God We Trust' on TN courthouse violates rights

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CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) - A second criminal defendant is claiming his rights are violated by "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the Anderson County Courthouse.

Floyd Hammond Jr. of Knoxville is held on drug and theft charges. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Hammond's lawyer filed a motion Tuesday, seeking dismissal of the charges. The attorney is David A. Stuart, who filed a similar motion a week ago on behalf of another client, Kenneth Darrin Fisher.

The motions claim the placing of the national motto on the sides of the courthouse render it "a temple of fundamentalist self-styled Christianity."

The motion for Hammond states a trial in a courthouse with what the filing calls "unconstitutional religious displays adorning each of its public portals" would be flawed.

The County Commission approved the signs in April. They were paid for privately.

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