Sessions Explains Domestic Violence No-Vote In Hearing

Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 7:00 PM EST) -- U.S. attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions testified Tuesday that a provision letting non-Native Americans face domestic violence charges in tribal court was a “big concern” behind his not voting for the Violence Against Women Act, but he acknowledged the inadequate federal prosecution of such crimes in Indian Country.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questioned the Republican legislator from Alabama about why he had voted against the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA, which bolstered certain protections to student, LGBT, immigrant and tribal victims of domestic violence.

In part, the renewed law gave tribes power to exercise...

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