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Military Shooter Trial to Test the Patience of Afghans

A Bloomberg article on the case of the soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians featured Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor of Law.

Lerman and Stern wrote:

Raj Bhala, a scholar on Islamic law at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, said Sharia law also recognizes mental impairment as a legitimate defense.

Whether the Afghan public would accept such a defense in this case “really depends on how clearly and comprehensively this would be presented to them,” he said in an interview.

The sum of Shariah

The Kansas Legislature's passage of a ban against state court or agencies making any rule based on foreign law, namely, Sharia, continues to spark controversy. Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala lent his opinion to the ongoing debate.

Gray wrote:

Raj Bhala, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, said the fear of Shariah is irrational, based on ignorance not only of Islamic law but also American law that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and provides protection for women and children.

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