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Why I’m Worried About What Clarence Thomas Might Be Doing Right Now in Carpenter v. Murphy.

Why I’m Worried About What Clarence Thomas Might Be Doing Right Now in Carpenter v. Murphy.

I have listened to the first two episodes of Rebecca Nagle‘s This Land podcast. If you are interested in Native American history, you should too. Nagle tells the story of Patrick Murphy, convicted by the State of Oklahoma for the gruesome murder of George Jacobs back in August of 1999. An Oklahoma court sentenced Murphy to death. Both the murderer and his victim were members of the Muscogee Creek Nation. In a last ditch appeal designed to save his life,…

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On the Notorious RBG and Sherrill

On the Notorious RBG and Sherrill

Many of my friends have a great deal of affection for United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  My own enthusiasm for the “Notorious RBG,” however, is tempered by a consideration of the 8-1 opinion she wrote in the case of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation in 2005.  Today is the anniversary of that momentous decision. The Oneida Indian Nation had purchased on the free market lands within the small city of Sherrill, New York, in 1997 and 1998. …

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