So the Oklahoma Legislature drafted a constitutional amendment banning "Sharia Law" from being "considered" in the courts, the voters approved it, people who knew a little something about actual law noted what a gigantic and ridiculous mess it was going to be, and now the bill is starting to come due.
Oklahoma must pay $303,333 for attorneys’ fees of the plaintiffs who challenged a measure approved overwhelmingly by voters on Nov. 2, 2010, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled May 14. [...]The judge agreed, finding the law unconstitutional.
Plaintiff Muneer Awad, an Oklahoma City Muslim man, said in the lawsuit that the measure would stigmatize him and others of his faith, limit the results they can receive in court and prevent his will from being probated in Oklahoma because his will references Sharia law, the Islamic law system.
Micheal Salem, of Norman, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said there has never been any indication that Sharia law was being applied in Oklahoma courts in the first place.Nonsense, the problem that existed was that the Republican base had been whipped into an openly bigoted frenzy by conspiracy-peddlers and the Oklahoma Legislature had to scramble to meet the needs of state conspiracy theorists or the lunatics would vote them out of office. And drafting up an "anti-Sharia" amendment "solved" that.
“It created a solution where there was no problem that existed,” Salem said.
Now Oklahoma taxpayers get to pay $300,000 for the privilege of the stunt, and this is only one lawsuit, and doesn't count any of the state's own expenses in defending the law. Fiscal responsibility, baby!