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  •  It would give Indian Tribes more ability prosecute (2+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, akze29

    non-Indians for crimes committed on the reservations.  The GOP arguement is that non-Indians have no representation in tribal law-making so shouldn't be held under tribal laws for crimes committed on the reservation.  Some abusers of Indian women are non-Indians.

    By that logic if you commit a crime in Canada you should not be prosecuted because you aren't Canadian.

    •  Yeah, that's what it sounds like (1+ / 0-)
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      splashy

      Or extend it further, local ordinances only apply to people from those jurisdictions or state laws to state residents.  So when I go hunting in Pennsylvania without a license, I'm gonna tell the ranger that their law doesn't apply to me because I'm from New York.

      GOP: Defenders of rapists, wife beaters, and mass murders across America.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:54:25 PM PST

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      •  It's not so much that the law doesn't apply, it's (1+ / 0-)
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        that there's usually no one who's both willing and able to prosecute.  Major crimes like rape are supposed to be handled by the feds in such instances, but in practice it doesn't happen, and the local authorities who would be willing to do so are legally barred from hearing the case.

        It practice, of course, it amounts to the same thing -- no law.

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