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Oklahoma drops cert request seeking to limit McGirt tribal decision after favorable state court ruling

After a favorable ruling in state court, Oklahoma’s attorney general is withdrawing a cert petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn or limit a decision that upended the state’s criminal justice system.

Supreme Court tribal decision ‘has upended Oklahoma’s criminal justice system;’ will ruling be curtailed?

Oklahoma’s criminal justice system is grappling with the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year ruling that a large part of eastern central Oklahoma is an American Indian reservation.

Afternoon Briefs: Boy Scouts of America agrees to $850M settlement; 1st Circuit rejects ERA suit

Boy Scouts of America strikes $850M deal

The Boy Scouts of America has agreed to pay $850 million to settle sex abuse claims by about 60,000 people. The group says…

US lawyer in Hong Kong is convicted for trying to stop beating by man who turned out to be cop

An American corporate lawyer in Hong Kong is planning to appeal after his assault conviction last week for intervening when a man attacked a commuter.

Oklahoma attorney general abruptly announces resignation; his office is sorting out tribal case decision

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his resignation Wednesday—a day after the Oklahoman submitted questions to him about an affair with a state employee.

In 325-page opinion, en banc 5th Circuit splits on preference for tribes in Native American adoptions

A case challenging a federal law giving Indian tribes preference in Native American adoptions could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal appeals court issued a fractured, 325-page en banc opinion Tuesday.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge admonished partly for remote hearing impatience; ABA files brief opposing rigid cash bail

Judge admonished for impatience, guilt remark

A California judge has been admonished for a “display of impatience and irritation” and a remark about an acquitted defendant’s guilt. Judge Patrick E.…

California law school gets donation that’s said to be ‘one of the biggest in history’ from tribe to university

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a California tribe, has donated $15 million to the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law to create full tuition scholarships for students interested in careers as tribal legal advocates.

A look at Netflix’s ‘Longmire,’ Indian Country and the battle for jurisdiction

Being born and reared in western Oklahoma, I was always fairly familiar with the tribes in that area. Even though I don’t have any American Indian blood, plenty of my friends do, and I have had the opportunity to grow up experiencing the wealth of history and culture they offer.

Afternoon Briefs: 4th Circuit rules for transgender youth; tribe objects to execution

4th Circuit rules for transgender youth on bathroom policy

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has ruled for former high school student Gavin Grimm, a…

Can plaintiffs from other countries hold China legally accountable for the coronavirus pandemic in their respective courts?

SCOTUS delivers on US promises, at least partly, made to Native Americans after Trail of Tears

The opening words of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case on American Indian law leaped off the page for many advocates for Native Americans. The court, in a 5-4 decision on July 9, held that the Creek reservation in eastern Oklahoma had never been “disestablished” by Congress.

SCOTUS rules for pro se petitioner in tribal case that could upend hundreds of convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large part of eastern central Oklahoma is an American Indian reservation, a decision that calls into question hundreds of state court convictions.

Chemerinsky: It’s going to be an unusual May in the Supreme Court

For the first time in recent memory, the Supreme Court will be holding oral arguments in May, and for the first time ever, they will be by telephone. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, oral arguments were canceled in the Supreme Court in March and April.

Behind bars in Scandinavia, and what we can learn

“We help each other—that’s what we do here is we help each other.” It wasn’t the sentiment I expected to hear from a guard describing his interaction with inmates at the high-security prison outside Stockholm.

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