9th Circuit Grants Habeas Relief; Judge Criticizes Tribe's Justice System

Mealey's (September 1, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT) -- SAN FRANCISCO — On a panel rehearing, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 30 reversed itself and directed a federal court to grant a writ of habeas corpus to a Native American convicted of domestic assault, in a decision in which the authoring judge wrote a separate concurrence to lash out at an Indian tribe’s “dubious” criminal justice system and its “rat’s nest of problems” (Fortino Alvarez v. Ron Lopez, Chief Administrator for the Gila River Indian Department of Rehabilitation and Supervision, No....
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