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Murder on American Indian Land on Supreme Court Docket

May 21, 2018, 1:38 PM

A murder on American Indian land—or in this case, is it just Oklahoma?—sets the stage for a contentious dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next term.

The case the justices agreed today to take up could affect thousands of prosecutions. It raises momentous questions, including how the status of land covering over 3 million acres in the Sooner State affects where the crime should’ve been prosecuted.

The dispute “strikes at the core of Oklahoma’s identity and sovereignty,” the state argued seeking Supreme Court review. “If not corrected, the decision below could result in the largest abrogation of state...

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