High Court Declines Review Of 9th Circuit’s Indian Crimes Act Ruling

Mealey's (April 25, 2016, 11:44 AM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the en banc Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals establishing the definition of “Indian” for purposes of the Indian Major Crimes Act will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 denied a petition for certiorari filed by a tribal member who faces a 90-year prison sentence for shooting a man at a home on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation in Arizona (Damien Zepeda v. United States of America, No. 15-675, U.S. Sup.).

‘One-Half Indian Blood’

Damien Zepeda, an enrolled...
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