Posted by: chronicler55 | March 31, 2009

Obama’s pick for Legal Advisor to State Department called “Perilous”

Harold kohHarold Koh, the man just nominated to become the legal advisor to the State Department, has very little use for the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land. He believes that the United States should be guided by “International legal norms.”

The New York  Post  reports:

JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations’ legal “norms.” Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an “axis of disobedience” along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.

Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government’s top lawyers: Harold Koh.

President Obama has nominated Koh — until last week the dean of Yale Law School — to be the State Department’s legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.

It’s a job where you want a strong defender of America’s sovereignty. But that’s not Koh. He’s a fan of “transnational legal process,” arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish.

Including, apparently, the world of radical imams. A 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.”

That statement alone should keep the man out of this appointment, and does not speak well for Yale who had employed him as the Dean of the Law School.  The man is a crack pot and should be prevented from taking any job in government.

NY Post

 

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