Oklahoma AG says he will fight inmates’ attempts at release

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s attorney general said he will fight any challenges by inmates to gain freedom after a recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, saying that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of the state that includes mostly Tulsa.

The high court’s decision involved Jimcy McGirt, 71, who is serving a 500-year prison sentence for molesting a child.

The court ruled that McGirt shouldn’t have been tried in state court because he is an American Indian and the crimes was on Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation. 

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