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Smear: Harold Koh Supports Bringing Islamic "Sharia" Law Into The United States

September 17, 2009 9:53 am ET

Harold Koh, Legal Adviser of the Department of State, has been accused of bringing Sharia law into the United States.

Smear: Harold Koh supports bringing Islamic "Sharia" law into the United States

"New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States." [New York Post, Obama's Most Perilous Legal Pick, 3/30/2009 accessed 9/16/2009]

Sources

New York Post
Sean Hannity
Daniel Pipes
Jihad Watch

Truth

Robin Reeves Zorthian, Organizer Of Event Refutes Stein's Claim: "I was the organizer of the Yale Club of Greenwich event on March 13, which Meghan Clyne references.  The account given by Steve Stein of Dean Koh's comments is totally fictitious and inaccurate. I was in the room with my husband and several fellow alumni, and we are all adamant that Koh never said or suggested that sharia law could be used to govern cases in US courts.  The subject of his talk was Globalization and Yale Law School, so, of course, other forms of law were mentioned. But never did Koh state or suggest that other forms of law should govern or dictate the American legal system." [New York Post, Letters, 4/1/2009]

Harold Koh Within Mainstream: According to Slate, "Harold Koh is not a radical legal figure. He has served with distinction in both Democratic and Republican administrations (under Presidents Clinton and Reagan), and in that capacity he sued both Democratic and Republican administrations. He was confirmed unanimously 11 years ago, and yet this time around, he is a threat to American sovereignty."
[Slate, "And Then They Came for Koh ...", 4/3/2009]



 


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