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Petitioner: Thomas Van Orden
Respondent: Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Venue: Supreme Court of the United States
Opinion of the Court: Van Orden v. Perry (2005)

Issue(s) Before the Court:

The question here is whether the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment allows the display of a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds. We

Plaintiff / Appellant / Petitioner's Claim(s):

Petitioner brought this 42 U. S. C. §1983 suit seeking a declaration that the monument’s placement violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and an injunction requiring its removal.

Defendant / Appellee / Respondent's Claim(s):

Holding(s) and Disposition:

Held: Affirmed. We hold that it does. [Establishment Clause of the First Amendment allows the display.]
Breyer Concurrance controlling. Disposition:

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Rehnquist Majority Opinion (Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas)

Scalia Concurrance (??)

Thomas Concurrance (??)

Breyer Concurring in Judgement (??)

Stevens Dissent (Ginsburg)

O'Connor Dissent (none)

Souter Dissent (Stevens, Ginsberg)

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