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Goodlatte urges rejection of foreign law sources

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th District, hopes to halt what he calls a “deeply disturbing trend” of judges citing foreign legal sources in U.S. court decisions.

The Roanoke Congressman has again introduced a resolution in the House discouraging judicial interpretations based in any part on foreign judgments, laws or pronouncements.

“The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has begun to look abroad, to international law instead of our own Constitution as the basis for its decisions,” Goodlatte said in a news release.  “This is an affront to both our national sovereignty and the broader democratic underpinnings of our system of government.”

Similar resolutions previously introduced by Goodlatte and by former Florida Rep. Tom Feeney have met defeat on Capitol Hill.

In 2007, Justice Antonin Scalia rebuked the idea that Congress might weigh in on the issue.  “It’s none of your business,” he said, referring to Congress, in comments reported by The Washington Post.  “No one is more opposed to the use of foreign law than I am, but I’m darned if I think it’s up to Congress to direct the court how to make its decisions.”

By Peter Vieth

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