At a public forum Thursday over the Supreme Court's use of international law, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said "of course" the Court looks at foreign law if there is no controlling U.S. precedent or the states' view is unsettled. Antonin Scalia disagreed, saying, "I don't know what a South Africa court will tell you about American law." The comments come amid a growing divide on the Court over the citation of international opinion to support decisions interpreting the Constitution.
O'Connor Dismisses International Law Controversy as 'Much Ado About Nothing'
The Associated Press
April 25, 2005