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OKLAHOMA CITY | Fears in Oklahoma over ruling in tribal sovereignty case

OKLAHOMA CITY | Fears in Oklahoma over ruling in tribal sovereignty case

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legal experts say a federal appeals court Ruling that overturned a condemned Native American man’s murder conviction in Oklahoma on jurisdictional grounds could radically change how tribal members are prosecuted in a massive area that was assigned to tribes before Oklahoma became a state, including most of Tulsa.

State and federal officials warn that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds last year’s ruling overturning Patrick Murphy’s first-degree murder conviction for the 1999 killing of George Jacobs, it will lead to a flood of appeals from other Native American inmates in Oklahoma and could affect other things such as tax collection and property rights.

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