04-0188R

RESOLUTION DIRECTING DEFENSE OF THE CITY IN THE CASE OF MINNESOTA CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, ET AL V. CITY OF DULUTH, ET AL.

BY PRESIDENT STAUBER:

WHEREAS, in recognition that the majority of citizens of Duluth have long come to respect the monument of the Ten Commandments on the corner of city hall and the legal, ethical, and moral standard they have instilled on the citizenry; and

WHEREAS, in recognition that the city of Duluth accepted this gift by city resolution from the Eagles organization in April, 1957 just for that purpose; and

WHEREAS, this monument has stood now as a historical reminder for nearly 50 years; and

WHEREAS, the city is not endorsing a particular religious belief by its display, but recognizing the great value they have added to our great city;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by this resolution, that the city attorney's office is directed to defend the city against the MCLU lawsuit regarding the removal of the historical Ten Commandments monument.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city attorney's office is also further directed to engage the assistance of external sources, such as the American center for law and justice, or lawyers specializing in constitutional law, such as John Graham, at the city's discretion.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in recognition that the city has received offers of pro bono work and contributions to defray legal costs, these too will be further considered to keep the cost to the city to a minimum.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution directs the city attorney to defend a lawsuit against the city and seek assistance.