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Briefs filed allege crimes such as domestic violence have not been prosecuted.
In a 4-2 ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court has found that the addition of requirements by state lawmakers and the Arkansas Racing Commission to license a gaming venue in Pope County were permissible under the state’s Constitution.
The appeal of a death row inmate convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two young daughters was rejected Thursday by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
Criminal cases eligible for review under 2020’s landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling has narrowed following a recent state decision that closed doors to convictions finalized pre-McGirt.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday lifted stays in two cases it overturned based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-American Indians against Native Americans.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Sept. 16 again ruled that Oklahoma has no concurrent jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-American Indians against American Indians.
An Oklahoma appeals court on Aug. 31 reversed four of its previous rulings that overturned death penalty cases based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting state jurisdiction for crimes committed on tribal reservations.
Oklahoma’s new attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 6 to overturn its own historic ruling on tribal sovereignty, saying the high court’s 5-4 decision last year was wrongly decided and has led to a “criminal-justice crisis.”
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, another area tribe is seeking affirmation that its reservation was never legally disestablished.
Steven Michael Burger, 58, who became a Cherokee Nation citizen after the crimes occurred, is serving seven life sentences after pleading guilty to three rapes and four robberies in 1989.