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  •  Thanks for this diary, Aji. (7+ / 0-)

    Not coincidentally, today's NYTimes has an article
    about the Violence Against Woman Act.

    Glad it's pretty certain to pass the Senate. Setting aside what I think is a completely political objection on the part of some conservatives, I'm curious to know what you and those who are better informed think of the possible House compromise:

    Mr. Cole and another senior Republican, Representative Darrell Issa of California, have met repeatedly with Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, to try to get Republicans past the tribal courts issue. They have proposed extending Native American court powers but also offering non-Indian defendants a chance to appeal to federal law enforcement after arrest and after a conviction.
    Gotta admit, I never heard of Project Runway :)

    Thanks again!

    •  The shortest answer to what I think . . . (9+ / 0-)

      is that it stinks to high heaven.  What it means is that they want non-Indians to be able to appeal to non-Indians after conviction for assaulting Indian women on Indian land.  IOW, they think the white power structure will overturn convictions.

      That said, we may have to settle for some route of appeal just to get it through, and then work on overturning it later.  

      But what the article actually says is weird.  What the hell is an "appeal to federal law enforcement?"  It should be an appeal to the federal courts.  If they're seriously talking about some bizarre "appeal" (which it would not be) to LE rather than the courts, then, no.  Such a thing would be utterly insupportable.  But I suspect it's a failure of the reporter to use the proper legal terms.

      Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

      by Aji on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:32:10 AM PST

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