Lawyers and defendants in South Carolina would not be able to cite Sharia law or other international defenses in court cases if a Charleston lawmaker’s proposal is enacted.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse, is one step closer to becoming law after the House on Thursday approved it on a second reading. The proposal prevents an attorney from arguing that the laws of a client’s home country allow for certain actions. It passed 68-42.
Sharia law is the legal framework where the public and some private aspects of life are regulated under legal systems based on Islam.
Limehouse said the law is needed “so an attorney can’t go into state court and say that the defendant that beat up his daughter for going on a date with a non-Muslim was within his rights according to (Sharia law).”