Reporters and editors looking for local sources on todays (June 27) U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Ten Commandments and the possible retirement of Chief Justice William Rehnquist can turn to West Virginia Universitys College of Law for expert comment and insights.

Justices, in a 5-4 decision, struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses, ruling that such displays violate the doctrine of separation of church and state.

Published reports say Rehnquist, who has thyroid cancer, could announce his retirement from the court this week.

Six WVU professors are available to discuss both the ruling and the possible retirement. They are:

  • Andrew Wright ( amwright@jacksonkelly.com ), the College of Laws Adjunct Professor of the Year for 2005 who is an expert on the Constitution and the high court, 284-4130.
  • James McLaughlin ( james.mclaughlin@mail.wvu.edu ), a constitutional law expert who has been following the Ten Commandments court case, 293-6822.