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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||11/28/1994 - Present|
|Chief:||2008 - Present (WOK)|
|Preceded by:||Lee West|
|Hometown:||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Undergraduate:||Vassar College, B.A., 1974|
|Law School:||Howard U. Law, J.D., 1977|
Early life and education
A native Oklahoman, Miles-LaGrange attended the University of Ghana and later graduated with her bachelor's degree in 1974 from Vassar College. Miles-LaGrange later graduated from Howard University Law School in Washington, DC in 1977.
- 1994-present: Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- 1986-1993: Attorney, private practice
- 1983-1986: Assistant District Attorney, Oklahoma County
- 1982-1983: Trial Attorney, Enforcement Operations, U.S. Department of Justice
- 1981: Lecturer, Women Studies Program, University of Maryland-College Park
- 1980-1981: Special Assistant, African Development Group
- 1979-1980: Graduate Fellow, Criminal Cases Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
- 1977-1979: Law clerk, former Judge Woodrow Seals in the Southern District of Texas
Western District of Oklahoma
Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 22, 1994 to a seat vacated by Lee West who went on senior status. Miles-LaGrange was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 28, 1994. Miles-LaGrange began serving as Chief Judge of the court in 2008.
Awards and associations
- Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation, April 16, 2012
Islamic Sharia law (2012-2013)United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Awad v. Ziriax et al, 5:2010cv01186)
Following the general election in 2010, Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order blocking certification of the election results for an Oklahoma ballot measure banning the use of Islamic Sharia law.
State Question 755 passed overwhelmingly with 70.08% of the vote on November 2, 2010. The vote supporting it would have prevented state courts from using international law, and Islamic Sharia law, when deciding on a case.
Muneer Awad, a Georgian representing the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), filed suit against the law on the basis of its constitutionality. Miles-LaGrange agreed with CAIR and declared the law unconstitutional. On January 10, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the law favored by voters violated the United States Constitution.
In August of 2013, Judge Miles-LaGrange made the injunction permanent. In her order she stated:
|“||Because the Court has found that the Sharia law provisions of the amendment are unconstitutional, the court finds that the balance of harms weighs even more in favor of plaintiffs' having their constitutional rights protected.||”|
- United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- News: Federal 10th Circuit upholds lower court Sharia ruling, January 11, 2012
- Judge Miles-LaGrange's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- Oklahoma "Sharia Law Amendment," State Question 755 (2010)
- "Shariah-free state? Activist judge puts will of the people on hold," Oklahoma Watchdog, November 8, 2010
- Federal 10th Circuit upholds lower court lower court Sharia ruling
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Awad v. Ziriax et al., January 10, 2012
- NewsOK, "U.S. judge permanently bans Oklahoma Islamic law vote," August 15, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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