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February 26, 2013

Senate approves ban on use of foreign law

OKLAHOMA CITY — 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.

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.”

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