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High court’s Murphy decision could have major impact on state, tribal authority

Patrick Murphy sits on death row for the murder of another Creek Indian in 1999. For nearly two decades, he has challenged his state court conviction in state and federal courts. In the current case, he claims that the crime took place in “Indian country,” which would mean the state had no jurisdiction over him, and only the federal and tribal governments could try him for his alleged crimes. If he wins, his conviction will be overturned and, at any retrial, the maximum penalty would be life in prison.

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Carpenter v. Murphy

8/13/2019

article High court’s Murphy decision could have major impact on state, tribal authority
(Oklahoma) -- Patrick Murphy sits on death row for the murder of another Creek Indian in 1999. For nearly two decades, he has challenged his state court conviction in...

7/11/2019

article Knowledge of Indian law is important in Murphy case
(Washington D.C.) -- Joel Williams, Cherokee and staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund, talks about the surprise of the Murphy case, importance of Indian law...

7/8/2019

article EID: Supreme Court’s pause in Murphy gives Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek) Nation unexpected opportunity to strengthen public safety
(Washington D.C.) -- On its final day issuing decisions this year, the United States Supreme Court took the rare step of ordering that Carpenter v. Murphy, one of the...

7/5/2019

article ICYMI: Supreme Court to rehear Murphy case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 said it will rehear arguments in a case involving an Oklahoma man who argued that the state had no right to...

7/2/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: Justices call for reargument in dispute about Oklahoma prosecutions of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- As the dust finally settles from last Thursday’s decisions in Department of Commerce v. New York and Rucho v. Common Cause, we can take a...

6/29/2019

article Muscogee (Creek) Nation: ‘Dust will settle’ after Supreme Court pass on treaty case
(Washington D.C.) -- This Supreme Court is as divided and chaotic as the body politic. The 2019 term ended Thursday with a no decision in a case from Oklahoma that could...
article Supreme Court asks for more argument in 'Indian Country' jurisdiction case, to go on court's fall calendar
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday asked for additional arguments from attorneys representing the state of Oklahoma and an Oklahoma man who claimed...
article Supreme Court decides to reargue Carpenter v. Murphy
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to restore the Carpenter v. Murphy...
article US Supreme Court delays ruling on Oklahoma, Creek Nation case
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court says it wants to hear arguments a second time in the Carpenter vs. Murphy case, which involves the 1999 murder conviction of...
article Tulsa World: Nondecision by the Supreme Court gives state, federal and tribal leaders more time to plan
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has adjourned without taking decisive action on a case that might reconfigure the relationship between Native American tribes and...

6/27/2019

article Oklahoma Tribal Border Battle Set for More Argument Next Term
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court just set a contentious case about murder and American Indian land for reargument next term after the justices presumably hit...
article Supreme Court asks for more argument in 'Indian Country' death penalty case, to go on court's fall calendar
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday asked for additional argument from attorneys representing the state of Oklahoma and an Oklahoma man who claimed...
article Supreme Court Punts on One of the Most Important Tribal Land Cases Ever
(Washington D.C.) -- On the final day of decisions, the Supreme Court declared that it will bump Carpenter v. Murphy to its next term for further argument, a baffling...
article Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's highest court threw Indian Country for a loop on the final day of its term by failing to issue a decision in one of the most...
article Supreme Court to rehear Creek reservation case in the next term
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it had not reached a decision over whether the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation had ever...
article Supremes Shelve Tribal-Recognition Spat Spurred by Oklahoma Murder
(Washington D.C.) -- Closing out the term with one case still undecided, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will hold new arguments on a death-row inmate’s bid to...
article U.S. Supreme Court sets more legal arguments on Indian land issue
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court was expected to render a decision Thursday which could have determined whether a large portion of Eastern Oklahoma, including...

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