Primeaux v. Dooley – Preemptory Striking of Indian Jurors

Here is the opinion from the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Like all the other cases on this subject, the court held that striking American Indians from the juror pool does not create enough racial disparity to justify reversal of a conviction of an American Indian. If Indians are too small a percentage of the general population in South Dakota, where would there ever be a violation?

U.S. v. Hunter et al. — IGRA Criminal Case — Coyote Valley

United States v. Hunter, No. 06-565 (N.D. Cal.), is an unusual case. In 2001, it appears that the National Indian Gaming Commission investigated the improper expenditure of Indian gaming revenues by tribal council members at Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. They reached a settlement and consent decree (attached as Exh. A to Deft. Crabtree’s Motion to Dismiss below).

In short, tribal council members allegedly continued their bad behavior — using gaming revenues to buy first class plane tickets, donate to political causes, and other uses. The US then brought a criminal case, alleging violation of IGRA (as a criminal matter) when these council members (Hunter et al.) spent gaming revenues on political causes and first class tickets.


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