This is going to throw a wrench in things

Happened to catch this breaking news about a new Supreme Court ruling. Headline: “Supreme Court rules swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation.” As the article explains:

The court’s 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of Oklahoma that include most of Tulsa, the second-largest city.

The court’s ruling casts doubt on hundreds of convictions won by local prosecutors. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, revolved around an appeal by an American Indian who claimed state courts had no authority to try him for a crime committed on reservation land that belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

If I am reading this right, this ruling may mean that Oklahoma state prosecutors cannot prosecute crimes that occur within that area, and such cases will have to be handled by either tribal authorities or federal authorities. Me being me, I wondered what effect this is going to have on the missing persons cases in that area. Tulsa alone has quite a few missing persons listed on Charley.

We’ll have to see what happens, I guess. Another uncertainty in what has become a year full of uncertainties.

11 thoughts on “This is going to throw a wrench in things

  1. Patrick Kerrigan July 9, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    There was a decision by Attorney General Barr, after a task force review of Native American missing persons cases and issues. It appears that more resources are being assigned at the federal level to this situation. This decision will effect even more. The other concern I had was that some of missing persons case take place on reservations that cover thousand of acres of land. The local Indian or Tribal Police don’t have the tools to cover this amount of territory. So again I look to the military to see what tools, they have available. One idea is the use of the surveillance drones they have. They have more endurance and capabilities then the small ones that a local law enforcement agency might have if any.

  2. Crunch July 9, 2020 / 8:59 pm

    If Naya Rivera isn’t found will she be added to Charley?

    • Meaghan July 9, 2020 / 10:56 pm

      I expect so. But I believe she will turn up.

      • Crunch July 10, 2020 / 10:10 am

        I hope so. I hope she isn’t another Antreas Chester Cantrell, though the lake he presumably drowned in is much larger than Lake Piru and I don’t believe in 1988 there was the technology to recover a body that we have today. Could their bodies have gone over the dam?

  3. Patrick Kerrigan July 10, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    Meaghan, any thoughts on the disappearance of Chenell Gilbert (from Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 9, 2020. I was thinking that she had her husband die in some sort car accident in 2013, and then her mother in February 2020. I was thinking along the lines of dissociative fugue.

    The part that concerns me is that he car was found by her ex-boyfriends house. But, then some of her property was found about a mile away from where her car was located. The local police have not released any information, which is normal. But then there are unsolved murders that are 20 and 30 years old, and they have not released the cause of death information. Which bugs me to no end.

    • Meaghan July 10, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I hadn’t heard about this disappearance before.

  4. Mia July 10, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    Thank you so much for updating Denise Pflum’s casefile so quickly. I don’t know if you want to add that Shawn McClung was her boyfriend but they had recently broken up prior to her disappearance.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan July 11, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I read that they authorities charged with voluntary manslaughter. He supposedly claimed in 1986, that he killed her. However, they still have not recovered her body. Denise supposedly broke up with after dating for about three years.

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