Tribal Courts Face 9th Circ. Mistrust On Civil Rights

Law360, New York (September 2, 2016, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit decision that overturned a Gila River Indian Community member's tribal court domestic violence and assault conviction exposed the tensions lurking in federal court review of tribal systems and applied an interpretation of the Indian Civil Rights Act that may spur more challenges to how tribes conduct their criminal trials.

On Aug. 30, U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for a split circuit court panel that the federally recognized tribe violated the due process rights under ICRA of Fortino Alvarez, who had been convicted in...
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