A panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges.
A federal judge will hear arguments Monday on a preliminary injunction against one of the most contentious ballot measures in this month's elections -- an Oklahoma referendum that banned state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Oklahomans showcased their independent streak on Election Day by launching a pre-emptive strike against the creeping influence of Shariah in their state. Voters gave the Oklahoma International Law Amendment an overwhelming 70 percent approval, denying judges the ability to consult the laws of foreign cultures when settling U.S. legal questions. While proponents of Islamic law have responded with a court challenge that has temporarily blocked the measure, the Sooner State - which sets an example for the rest of the nation - should not waver in its efforts to maintain the rule of law under the U.S. Constitution.
A teenager was stomped, kicked and punched to death at a weekend house party after police say he walked by a group who decided to pounce on the next person who passed by. Four have been charged with murder.