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Griffin, of Dayton, presented large, framed copies of the Ten Commandments, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence to Sheriff Randall Boyce on Monday. The documents now hang in the lobby of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.
She says she's distributing the documents statewide, at her own expense -- 15 so far, including Marshall County last month -- because of "just dedication as a citizen" and to strike back at the American Civil Liberties Union. The organization has filed lawsuits claiming governments posting the Ten Commandments are "promoting religious viewpoints."
The Marshall County documents are being displayed in the courthouse annex following County Commission approval.
"Sheriffs are taking these and posting them in their counties," Griffin said. "The state has passed a law authorizing the Ten Commandments to be posted. The Constitution. 'We The People.' This is the people of Tennessee. That's what they want."
"These three documents represent the keys to Americanism," she told the Marshall Tribune last month.
"Being run over by the ACLU," Griffin said Monday.
"We've had enough. We have a vote by the people of Tennessee -- 88 of the 95 counties have voted that they want to run ourselves by our foundation law."
"My movement started in 1997 to give the Bill of Rights back to the people of Tennessee," Griffin said. "I went to 91 county commissions starting in 1997."
Griffin said she spoke to Bedford County commissioners several years ago.
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She offered two reasons for donating the flag.
"Sheriffs are the arm of God. And it's the Bedford Flag."
The original Bedford Flag, which has no direct connection to Bedford County, was possibly flown by the Bedford Minutemen at Concord, Mass. in 1775 as British troops entered the town. Historians disagree if the flag or a different flag was flown.
Griffin also left behind several copies of "A History of the United States of America," originally written by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich and reprinted by the Cumberland Missionary Society of Evansville, in hopes it would be read by jail inmates.
She is an officer in the organization and wrote the edition's foreword. The history ends with the Monroe administration in the 1820s.
Griffin, a conservative activist and head of the Rhea County Tea Party, ran for governor as an independent in 2010.
"We must have a governor who not only is bound to both constitutions but will use force, if necessary, to withstand the tyrannies which are exercising themselves from Washington," Griffin told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press during her campaign.
"We must have a governor who will stand behind the sheriffs to keep us from said tyrannies and who dare not compromise the liberties which our veterans fought for."
Griffin was arrested in July 2006 for stealing a Mexican flag from a Dayton business after becoming upset because, as she was quoted in The Chattanoogan, "there was nothing English in the store." She described the action as "an act of patriotism" in a statement issued after charges were dropped because witnesses disappeared.
Patriotic documents donated to sheriff