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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The legislator who sponsored a measure requiring a Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas’ Capitol is asking that video from his deposition in a lawsuit challenging the monument only be available to attorneys in the case, citing concerns that it could be used to harass him.

An attorney for state Sen. Jason Rapert asked a federal judge Wednesday to issue an order limiting the use of any deposition video in the lawsuit challenging the display’s constitutionality. The Republican sponsored the 2015 law requiring the privately funded monument on Capitol grounds.

The monument was installed at the Capitol last year, less than a year after a man crashed his car into the original statue.

Rapert’s attorney cited concerns that an edited version of the video could distributed online to embarrass the lawmaker.

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