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Who Is Harold Koh?
IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2009

Posted on 03/31/2009 5:49:09 PM PDT by Kaslin

Law: President Obama's nominee for State Department legal adviser could be a future Supreme Court pick. He believes U.S. law should be based on foreign precedent, and even Shariah law could find a home here.


We have commented many times on the opinion of a number of U.S. Supreme Court justices that American jurists should include foreign law and precedent in their decisions. In several prominent cases, this has already happened.

In a speech in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the March 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision, in which a 5-4 majority ruled against executing murderers who were 17 or younger, "perhaps the fullest expressions to date on the propriety and utility of looking to the 'opinions of (human)kind.' "

More recently, Justice Stephen Breyer said: "We see all the time . . . how the world really . . . is growing together. The challenge (will be) whether our Constitution . . . fits into the governing documents of other nations." Whether our Constitution fits?

Agreeing with Ginsburg and Breyer is one Harold Koh, a former dean of Yale Law School who's been nominated by President Obama to be the State Department's legal adviser. He's an advocate of what he calls "transnational legal process" and argues that the distinction between U.S. and international law should vanish.

Koh believes laws of places like Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka should carry equal weight with the laws of Virginia and South Dakota, and that it's "appropriate for the Supreme Court to construe our Constitution in the light of foreign and international law" in its decisions.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhostatedept; constitution; haroldkoh; ibd; internationallaw; koh; ruthbaderginsberg; scotus; shariah; shariahlaw; statedept; stephenbreyer; transnationalism
God hep this country
1 posted on 03/31/2009 5:49:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

agree.

you hafta wonder about today’s liberals.


2 posted on 03/31/2009 5:51:21 PM PDT by ken21 (the only thing we have to fear is fdr deja vu.)
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To: Kaslin

So if a Sri Lanka judge decides its okay to carry weapons, ban abortion, imprison homosexuals and kill fox from helicopters we should use that as a precedent?


3 posted on 03/31/2009 5:56:33 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
Koh believes laws of places like Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka should carry equal weight with the laws of Virginia and South Dakota, and that it's "appropriate for the Supreme Court to construe our Constitution in the light of foreign and international law" in its decisions.



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
4 posted on 03/31/2009 6:05:47 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: ken21

We’ve always had crazy people, just not this many leading our country to hell.

Koh is a nutcase. He’s more a court jester than a court leader.


5 posted on 03/31/2009 6:06:10 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

Bohica. That right friends. Ehoever Obama picks we know that the Republicans will BOHICA and allow it to happen.


6 posted on 03/31/2009 6:08:09 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

Ths is good news, the last time IBD did a “Who is... “ article is was “Who is Thomas Saenz ?” andafter that he was gone.


7 posted on 03/31/2009 6:10:48 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

But he’s the kind of crazy person that this adminstration sees fit to appoint to set our standards, directions and future.


8 posted on 03/31/2009 6:11:10 PM PDT by needtowakeup (-)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t believe this is happening to our beloved USA. God save us from the Obama administration.


9 posted on 03/31/2009 6:11:47 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: Cindy; Velveeta; Godzilla; PGalt; null and void; LucyT; WestCoastGal; Rushmore Rocks; ...
This will make your hair stand on end ping.
Snip from article:

He also values the opinions of the world's imams. A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says Koh in 2007 told the Yale Club of Greenwich that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why Shariah law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States."

10 posted on 03/31/2009 6:22:41 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang; Calpernia; Fred Nerks; null and void; pissant; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; MeekOneGOP; ..
Thanks, Oorang.

To reiterate:

He also values the opinions of the world's imams. A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says Koh in 2007 told the Yale Club of Greenwich that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why Shariah law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States."


11 posted on 03/31/2009 6:42:49 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Thanks

I see another SHEET HEAD on the horizon!


12 posted on 03/31/2009 6:52:09 PM PDT by katiekins1 (Glen Beck=Oscar Winning Traitor)
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To: LucyT

Many thanks, LucyT

Ping.


13 posted on 03/31/2009 6:55:00 PM PDT by Iowan
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To: Oorang

I certainly the pubbies get a backbone and block his nomination.


14 posted on 03/31/2009 6:57:32 PM PDT by Godzilla (Galatians 4:16 So iz i ur enemi now becz i tellded u teh troof?)
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To: Oorang

Yes, he seems to be a good fit for the Obama administration.

Truly disturbing and thanks for the ping Oorang.

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2218705/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/koh


15 posted on 03/31/2009 6:59:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Kaslin

The State Department has been pushing policies to make our USA a third-world failure for years. Now, Omama wants to put in Harold Koh as its legal adviser to make State an even worse swamp.

Wake up citizens, our shining city on a hill is being destroyed from within by traitors. Arise, and defend our Constitution, our republic and our freedoms.


16 posted on 03/31/2009 7:07:24 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: LucyT

Thanks for the ping.

It just gets crazier and crazier.


17 posted on 03/31/2009 7:13:20 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gama Tamasi Ma Jyotir Gama)
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To: little jeremiah

does he pay his taxes? if not, everything is in place for him


18 posted on 03/31/2009 7:26:35 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: Raycpa
"So if a Sri Lanka judge decides its okay to carry weapons, ban abortion, imprison homosexuals and kill fox from helicopters we should use that as a precedent?"

As Scalia has pointed out, "foreign law" is just a pretext for trying to legitimate one's own prejudices. You can find everything you want (or don't want) in foreign law.

So what are the criteria for picking and choosing from among the laws of other nations?

19 posted on 03/31/2009 7:29:41 PM PDT by cookcounty (Obama's got Bush's inheritance .......and now he wants your kids'.)
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To: LucyT

“....in an appropriate case, he didn’t see any reason why Shariah law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.”

***I don’t think I’d like to know what ‘he’ would consider an appropriate case.

This is just wrong...so very wrong.


20 posted on 03/31/2009 7:32:00 PM PDT by azishot (I just joined the NRA.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t Bryer the one who looks around the world for law?

Who is the one that promoted eminent domain or wrote a law aka covet property for commerical use

One of the Ten Commandments broken!

Thou shall not covet


21 posted on 03/31/2009 7:34:05 PM PDT by restornu (As I love you Love One To Another If Ye Are Mine!)
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To: Kaslin

Should Harold Koh continue as Yale Law School Dean?

If a law school dean - especially the dean of the Yale Law School - supports widespread illegal activity and public corruption, should they continue in their present role? Consider the following statements [1] from Harold Koh regarding the ID cards that New Haven, Connecticut is distributing to their residents (including illegal aliens):

“If you look on the coin, it says ‘E Pluribus Unum’ - so they’re right on the money!” said Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh... before snapping a photo for his city ID. The Yale Law School, through professors Bob Solomon and Mike Wishnie and the Yale law clinics, has pledged to represent the city in any legal battle over the ID... Of those who oppose the plan, Koh said: “I’m not sure how their life is diminished by people being able to prove they’re part of the city.”

If he can’t figure out the many problems with this ID, is he in any way qualified to be Yale’s Law School Dean? If he can figure out the many problems but he’s simply lying, isn’t he just as unqualified?

Please write presidents.office *at* yale.edu and suggest they find a law school dean who supports our laws rather than supporting attempts to subvert them.

[1] newhavenindependent.org/archives/2007/07/immigrants_line.php

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/006885.html

Harold Koh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxgwrvy-MtQ

Mr. Harold Koh Managing Director
General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation
Bupyong, South Korea

http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=11137737

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.
http://dequalss.com/2009/03/30/harold-koh-another-treasonous-radical-appointed-to-the-bench-thank-you-obama/

Harold Koh, Obama’s most dangerous pick so far.
Nation: Koh is a hardcore internationalist who has zero respect for American sovereignty.
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/30/the-most-perilous-legal-pick/


22 posted on 03/31/2009 7:54:54 PM PDT by restornu (As I love you Love One To Another If Ye Are Mine!)
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To: LucyT

he didn’t see any reason why Shariah law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.”
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When Hell Freezes Over!!!


23 posted on 03/31/2009 8:00:58 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Kaslin

Kissinger calls on Obama to create a New World Order
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD3BqK-9ZiU

Motoring @ AsiaOne

Epica to help Chevy continue climbing higher

Chevrolet continues its expansion into the higher end of the market
Samuel Ee

Wed, Jul 11, 2007
The Business Times

CHEVROLET is continuing its expansion into the higher end of the market with the Epica mid-sized saloon.

In March, Chevy launched the Captiva, a seven-seat sports utility vehicle (SUV) with a 2.4-litre engine and all wheel drive. Before the Captiva’s arrival the Chevrolet marque, which was launched here in September 2003, was mainly associated with lower-end models with small engines.

With the SUV, the car maker hoped to reach a wider audience by targeting a newer and more affluent group of customers.

Now, Chevrolet is introducing a sedan to take on what the company categorises as the upper-medium class. This segment includes the best-selling Toyota Camry, as well as the Nissan Cefiro and Honda Accord.

But General Motors (GM), which owns the Chevrolet brand, believes the Epica will stand out because of its value for money. The new model comes with a choice of two inline six-cylinder engines - 2.0 litres or 2.5 litres.

‘We are the only one in the two-litre sedan market which offers a six-cylinder engine,’ says Harold Koh, managing director of General Motors Overseas Distribution.

He says the straight-six unit, which drives the front wheels, is smoother than a V6. He says that with a five-speed automatic transmission that provides comfortable gear shifts, the Epica’s strengths are its driveability and stability. ‘It is very good value for money.’

The Korean-made Epica will be launched this weekend, with the 2.0 priced at $79,888 and the 2.5 at $85,888, both with COE.

By comparison, the Thai-made Camry 2.0 currently costs $92,988 while the 2.4 is priced at $99,988.

The Epica 2.0’s standard features include two airbags, climate control airconditioning, ABS and ESP, while the 2.5 has additional equipment such as four airbags, an electric sunroof and cruise control.

With the Epica, Chevy now offers five models and eight variants in Singapore. But Mr Koh says there will be more.

‘The introduction of the Epica is an expansion of our product range, but this is by no means a complete line-up,’ he says. ‘In future, we also plan to bring in more new models.’

But Mr Koh will not play a part in that future. Next Monday is his last day with GM as he is leaving for a global capital goods conglomerate where he will be responsible for its Asia-Pacific operations.

‘I am excited about my new role but at the same time I feel some emotion because I am leaving with a lot of good memories. This is the place where I have worked the longest,’ he says.

Mr Koh joined GM 10 years ago and assumed his current position two years ago.

Since his arrival, sales of Chevrolet and Opel, which GM also owns, have grown in Singapore. Chevrolet attained a top 10 ranking when it was in 10th place at end-2006.

But while total volume has grown, Chevy’s ranking has since slipped to No12 after the first six months of the year on total passenger car sales of 1,183 units or a 2.6 per cent market share among members of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore.

http://www.asiaone.com/print/Motoring/Motorworld/Others/Story/Epica%2Bto%2Bhelp%2BChevy%2Bcontinue%2Bclimbing%2Bhigher.html


24 posted on 03/31/2009 8:13:01 PM PDT by restornu (As I love you Love One To Another If Ye Are Mine!)
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To: Kaslin

The purpose of law is to establish justice, not to “fit in” internationally, “advance” social goals, “create consensus,” or any such rot. A society without justice will never be decent, tolerant, or enlightened. Do leftists understand that?


25 posted on 03/31/2009 8:29:34 PM PDT by tvdog12345
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To: restornu
I'm pretty sure that's not the same guy, since at that time Harold Koh was at Yale. (That link is to the post which is in a previous comment from someone else. While I appreciate the attention, I'd prefer just a simple link.)
26 posted on 03/31/2009 8:59:22 PM PDT by lonewacko_dot_com
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To: Kaslin

He is a deranged and feculent little man..


27 posted on 03/31/2009 11:06:43 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe he’s an unacceptable nominee to beat the RINO’s with so that when a slightly less insane alternate is proposed, they’ll gladly go for it, and tell the base they “made O back off of the Koh nomination”. And they’re dumb enough to fall for it too.


28 posted on 04/01/2009 9:10:14 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Oorang; Kaslin

Thanks for the ping; post. BTTT!


29 posted on 04/01/2009 6:39:18 PM PDT by PGalt
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