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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Diamond on Practicing Indian Criminal Law

James D. Diamond (University of Arizona - Indigenous Peoples Law And Policy Program) has posted Practicing Indian Law in Federal, State, and Tribal Criminal Courts and an Update on Recent Expansion of Criminal Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians (Criminal Justice, Volume 32, Number 4, Winter 2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
As a result of changes in federal law, criminal defendants or defense attorneys are now more likely to find themselves appearing in American Indian tribal courts. This article summarizes the very knotty jurisdictional maze that surrounds criminal law and American Indians or Indian tribes. It explains recent changes in the handling of domestic violence cases in tribal courts following 2013 congressional action and the enhanced enforcement now occurring by tribal police and prosecutors. Finally, the article offers general advice to lawyers not familiar with practicing law in tribal courts.

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