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Justices Focus on Due Process in Domestic Violence Case


April 19 — U.S. Supreme Court justices focused their sparse questioning during oral argument April 19 on an issue of due process not raised in briefs for a domestic violence case that called into question the sovereignty of American Indian tribal courts.

The court heard arguments on whether misdemeanor convictions from tribal courts—which are not subject to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel—could be used for a federal sentencing enhancement under the Violence Against Women Act.


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