Entries tagged with “Patrick Dwayne Murphy

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Federal Death Penalty

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Oct 01, 2020

New Podcast: Native American Rights Fund Lawyer Joel Williams on Tribal Sovereignty and the U.S. Death Penalty

In the September 30, 2020 episode of the Discussions With DPIC pod­cast, Native American Rights Fund senior staff attor­ney Joel Williams joins Death Penalty Information Center exec­u­tive direc­tor Robert Dunham for a con­ver­sa­tion about trib­al sov­er­eign­ty, the death penal­ty, and the his­toric U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

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United States Supreme Court

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Native Americans

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May 14, 2021

Oklahoma Attorney General Attempts to Limit Supreme Court Tribal Sovereignty Ruling as State Appeals Court Voids Four Capital Convictions

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has asked the United States Supreme Court to stay an Oklahoma appeals court rul­ing that void­ed the con­vic­tion of an Oklahoma death-row pris­on­er for a triple mur­der com­mit­ted on trib­al lands against mem­bers of the Chickasaw Nation while state pros­e­cu­tors seek review of that rul­ing by the U.S. high court.

Death Row

Native Americans

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Oct 12, 2020

Supreme Court Native Sovereignty Decision Continues to Reverberate Through Oklahoma’s Death Penalty

A recent U.S. Supreme Court deci­sion that affirmed the sov­er­eign­ty of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation over trib­al lands that span much of the east­ern half of Oklahoma con­tin­ues to rever­ber­ate through the state’s crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem as pris­on­ers sen­tenced for mur­ders com­mit­ted by or against Native Americans on trib­al lands chal­lenge the state’s author­i­ty to have pros­e­cut­ed their cases.

Policy Issues

Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Native Americans

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May 24, 2018

Supreme Court to Review Native American’s Conviction and Death Sentence for Murder on Indian Lands

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a fed­er­al appeals court deci­sion vacat­ing the con­vic­tion of Patrick Dwayne Murphy (pic­tured), a Native-American pris­on­er sen­tenced to death in Oklahoma state court for a mur­der he argues could only be pros­e­cut­ed by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. On May 21, 2018, the Court grant­ed Oklahoma’s peti­tion to review an August 2017 deci­sion by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit rul­ing that Murphy — a mem­ber of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation—should not have been tried in state courts because the killing occurred within…

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United States Supreme Court

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Native Americans

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Federal Death Penalty

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Nov 28, 2018

Two Cases Pit Native American Sovereignty Against U.S. Death Penalty

As fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors dropped the death penal­ty against a Navajo man accused of killing a police offi­cer on Navajo land, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argu­ment in a sep­a­rate case on the sta­tus of a treaty estab­lish­ing the bor­ders of the Creek Nation reser­va­tion that could deter­mine whether Oklahoma has juris­dic­tion to car­ry out the death penal­ty against a cit­i­zen of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe. The two cas­es high­light issues of Native American trib­al sov­er­eign­ty with poten­tial­ly pro­found impli­ca­tions for the admin­is­tra­tion of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment under state and fed­er­al death…