During a fall Supreme Court session, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was seen gazing at friezes on the upper walls. The justices had just granted review in a pair of cases testing Ten Commandment displays' constitutionality -- set for argument today -- and it seemed O'Connor was looking for the Court's Commandments image, consisting of tablets held by Moses. Numerous briefs refer to the friezes, usually to stress that challenged displays cannot be unconstitutional if the Court has tolerated one in its chamber.
The Supreme Court's Own Commandments
March 2, 2005