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Okla. Exaggerates Chaos if Justices Rule for Tribe Member: Brief (1)

Dec. 28, 2018, 7:09 PMUpdated: Dec. 28, 2018, 8:19 PM

Oklahoma’s prediction that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for a death row inmate who’s also an American Indian would result in the release of thousands of prisoners is “severely exaggerated,” the Muscogee (Creek) Nation told the justices in a brief today.

The tribe’s filing comes after heated oral argument last month over crime, punishment, and American Indian land that prompted a potentially deadlocked Supreme Court to request more information from the parties to help reach a decision.

The unusual—though not unprecedented—request for more briefs came after lawyers for the government warned the high court at the Nov. 27 argument of ...