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Murder on American Indian land? Supreme Court weighs fate of convicted killer, tribal reservation bo

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From ABC News

Murder on American Indian land? Supreme Court weighs fate of convicted killer, tribal reservation borders

When Patrick Murphy mutilated and murdered his girlfriend’s former lover in eastern Oklahoma in 1999, state authorities arrested and charged him with murder in state court.

He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000.

But Murphy, 48, a member of the Creek Nation, is asking that his conviction be thrown out on the grounds that the roadside ditch where he left fellow tribal citizen George Jacobs to die was part of an Indian reservation not subject to state criminal law.

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute. The justices will ultimately decide whether historical boundaries of the Muscogee Creek Nation reservation are still in effect, or whether Congress effectively disestablished the reservation long ago.

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Does anyone want to bet that the Federal courts will NOT rule that the Federal government has the right to disregard any treaty that it finds inconvenient?
 
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