It is very strange when the weirdest state (I lived there for 8 years; and no, it is not MY fault, I am just observing that I saw it first hand!) makes a rather sensible move. It is like stern Aunt Imelda suddenly grinning from ear to ear; a bit un-nerving even if welcome. Hat tip to Jihad Watch for the link:
“Libel on tour: James Gill
By James Gill
April 28, 2010, 6:10AM
Within minutes Monday a legislative committee repudiated both Islamic and British law.
Neither, perhaps, represents an immediate threat to justice in Louisiana, but it was not entirely an alarmist and xenophobic stunt when the committee approved two bills by Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chase. Mostly, but not entirely.
One of Wooton’s bills, which provides that no foreign law shall be applied here if it violates a right guaranteed by the American Constitution, is by any rational measure superfluous. But it is not unknown for immigrant litigants to invoke the tenets of Sharia to which, the committee was told, the Maryland courts deferred in a child custody case.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has so far insisted that cases in America are settled according to American law, but the committee figured it was wise to commit future jurists to that sound principle.”