Justices Urged To Deny Navajo Man's Double Jeopardy Claims

Law360 (July 20, 2021, 8:25 PM EDT) -- The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a Navajo Nation member's bid to overturn his federal court conviction on a sexual abuse charge, saying the Tenth Circuit rightly found that his earlier criminal indictment by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe didn't mean he was subjected to double jeopardy.

Navajo member Merle Denezpi asked the high court in March to overturn the Tenth Circuit panel's ruling, saying that the Bureau of Indian Affairs-operated Court of Indian Offenses of the Ute Mountain Ute Agency — also known as a Code of Federal Regulations, or CFR, court — that handled...

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