ACLU Claims Victory But Jesus Pix Still Hangs in Courthouse By Penny Starr CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer April 22, 2008 (CNSNews.com) - U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, ruling that a painting of Jesus that hangs in the courthouse in Slidell, La., is unconstitutional. But some experts say the case is unique, because the picture is still on display, joined now by more than a dozen other images of historic lawmaking figures, and there are no plans to remove the image. SNIP The ACLU said plaintiff "John Doe" and others "have suffered, or shall suffer, damages, including mental anguish and emotional distress" from viewing the image. Laycock advised Lamz that he didn't think the ACLU had an open-and-shut case. "It's a prediction of how the courts will rule," Laycock said. "The courts don't see this issue as clear cut." The ruling is significant because of the $1 in damages awarded to the ACLU, Laycock said. "The judge wasn't persuaded by that 'trauma' if he only awarded a dollar," he said.