Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013
Sen. Dan Newberry
Senate panel approves bill preventing use of foreign law
in Oklahoma courts
Legislation that would bar the use of foreign law in Oklahoma courts
was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Senate
Bill 1015 states that courts shall not enforce any foreign law as
a means of mitigating punishment or providing justification for
the commission of a crime.
Newberry, author of the bill, said that by approving the measure,
the Senate was affirming the importance of the rule of law in Oklahoma
“Our laws are the expression of our principles, and today’s
vote reflects a desire to affirm those principles,” said Newberry,
R-Tulsa. “This bill simply ensures that foreign law cannot
be used to excuse or defend crimes committed in Oklahoma. Anyone
who embraces our shared values and wishes to protect them should
be pleased by the passage of this bill.”
SB 1015 will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.
“This measure ensures that the men and women who enter into
our courts can count on the constitutional guarantees established
in our legal system,” Newberry said.
For more information contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5600