Lies About Harold Koh Are Always in Fashion
Buried in this transcript at Media Matters, I see Sean Hannity making things up about State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh. “You have a State Department lawyer,” said Hannity, “Harold Koh, who says the U.S. should follow Sharia law in some cases.”
Koh has never said this. The claim originated in a New York Post op-ed which claimed that “a New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that ‘in an appropriate case, he didn’t see any reason why Sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.’” A letter to the newspaper refuted that claim the next day.
Koh was confirmed to his post in a 62-35 vote, and in two and a half months on the job he has yet to apply Sharia law to anything. But slander like this, if it keeps up, will be part of the campaign against him if Koh is ever nominated for a lifetime court appointment.