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DOJ Asks SCOTUS To Rule on Tribal Court Convictions and Domestic Violence


The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to take up a case dealing with tribal court convictions in domestic violence cases in Indian country.

Michael Bryant Jr., a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was convicted of domestic violence as a habitual offender and sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Federal law makes it a felony to commit domestic violence on a spouse or intimate partner in Indian country if the perpetrator has at least two prior domestic abuse convictions in a federal, state or tribal court proceeding.



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