Judge Blocks Oklahoma’s Ban on Using Shariah Law in Court
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
November 29, 2010
HOUSTON — An Oklahoma constitutional amendment aimed at stopping the use of Islamic law in its courts was dealt a serious blow on Monday when a federal judge temporarily blocked the state from putting it into effect. The amendment would forbid state judges from considering Islamic or international law in their decisions.
Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange of Federal District Court in Oklahoma City, however, said in her decision to grant a preliminary injunction on Monday that the measure did not appear to pass constitutional muster.
It conveys a message, she said, that the state favors one religion or particular belief over others. The federal courts have long held that such a message violates the First Amendment’s clause prohibiting the establishment of a state religion, she said…
The judge barred the State Election Commission from certifying the results of the election until she makes a final ruling. She set no timetable for her decision.
Judge Miles is a Clinton Appointment. Who spent her entire life in government or ‘academia’ (African and women’s studies).