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Hearing to begin in Oklahoma on Islamic law lawsuit

A federal judge will decide whether to block a constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: November 22, 2010 at 9:12 am •  Published: November 22, 2010
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A federal judge in Oklahoma will decide whether to block a constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

Monday's hearing is on a request for a preliminary injunction against the new amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution. The measure was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in the Nov. 2 general election.

It is being challenged in a lawsuit filed by Muneer Awad who is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. Awad alleges the measure stigmatizes his religion and would invalidate his will.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order against the measure on Nov. 8.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.


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