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Foreign Law Ban Passes Senate (Feb 25, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that prohibits Oklahoma judges from considering foreign law when deciding criminal cases has sailed through the state Senate, despite some concern that the proposal was unnecessary.

The Senate voted 42-2 on Monday to approve the bill that prohibits state courts from enforcing any foreign law if doing so would either mitigate punishment or provide a defense for the commission of a crime.

The bill now heads to the House.

Tulsa Republican Sen. Dan Newberry who sponsored the bill acknowledged he was unaware of any cases in Oklahoma in which a judge had used foreign law, but said his bill was a ``preventative measure.''

A constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters in 2010 to ban the consideration of Islamic law was ruled unconstitutional.

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