Local & Regional
Wed January 11, 2012
Oklahoma City, OK – Ruling blocking Oklahoma Sharia ban is upheld
DENVER (AP) A federal appeals court in Denver has upheld a ruling blocking the implementation of an Oklahoma law banning the use of Sharia and international law in its court system.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case on Tuesday. It concluded that the man who challenged the voter-approved law, Muneer Awad, made a strong showing that he could potentially prevail in his lawsuit against Question 755.
Awad is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. He argues that the law amounts to a condemnation of Muslims living in the state.
Oklahoma's solicitor general says that states have the right to establish their own court systems and have a say in which sets of laws are followed.