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Ninth Circuit Decides Indian Status Case Under Major Crimes Act
by Matthew L.M. Fletcher
I’m still trying to understand how a reasonable jury of non-Indians can decided beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is an “Indian” under the Major Crimes Act. 🙂

Here are the materials in United States v. LaBuff:

LaBuff CA9 Opinion

LaBuff Opening Brief

US Answer Brief — LaBuff

LaBuff Reply

The court originally decided this case without publishing the opinion, but the government successfully petitioned the court to published it. Here are those materials. A cert petition is pending (docket no. 11-6168, definitely one to watch!):

US Request to Publish

LaBuff Opposition
Matthew L.M. Fletcher | October 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Tags: cert petition, Indian status, Major Crimes Act, Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court, United States v. LaBuff | Categories: Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Criminal, Research, Supreme Court | URL: http://wp.me/p7zky-5sW
Ninth Circuit Decides Indian Status Case Under Major Crimes Act
by Matthew L.M. Fletcher
I’m still trying to understand how a reasonable jury of non-Indians can decided beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is an “Indian” under the Major Crimes Act. 🙂

Here are the materials in United States v. LaBuff:

LaBuff CA9 Opinion

LaBuff Opening Brief

US Answer Brief — LaBuff

LaBuff Reply

The court originally decided this case without publishing the opinion, but the government successfully petitioned the court to published it. Here are those materials. A cert petition is pending (docket no. 11-6168, definitely one to watch!):

US Request to Publish

LaBuff Opposition
Matthew L.M. Fletcher | October 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Tags: cert petition, Indian status, Major Crimes Act, Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court, United States v. LaBuff | Categories: Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Criminal, Research, Supreme Court | URL: http://wp.me/p7zky-5sW

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1 Response to Turtle Talk is one of the best sources for legal info on 1st Nations issues…

  1. Sorry, I posted the same info twice…you need to read it twice to get how unrealistic this jurys decision was, even attorneys were puzzled: See statement below.
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    I’m still trying to understand how a reasonable jury of non-Indians can decided beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is an “Indian” under the Major Crimes Act!
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    What did the jury use for the decision, looks, blood quantum, or rez status…how did they come to the decision that affected the case….

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