Oklahoma court tosses 5 more first-degree murder convictions following McGirt decision

State, local, tribal leaders meet for McGirt decision discussion

This week, state leaders including Seminole Nation Chief Greg Chilcoat, District 22’s District Attorney Paul B. Smith and Attorney General Mike Hunter met for discussions regarding the McGirt decision and how they will move forward with cases, both past and present, involving Native Americans on tribal land. (Photo: KFOR)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest criminal appeals court is throwing out five more first-degree murder convictions based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued the rulings Thursday in line with what is known as the McGirt decision.

The court’s rulings also affirm that Congress never formally disestablished the reservations of the Choctaw and Seminole nations.

As a result, the state lacks jurisdiction to prosecute certain crimes by or against Native Americans inside the historic boundaries of those tribes.

Similar rulings already have been made regarding the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Muscogee (Creek) nations.

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