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  •  Comments like this keep missing the obvious -- (2+ / 0-)

    If Indian reservations as such did not exist (but the people still lived there), then by law the jury pool for any crime committed in the area, drawn as it must be from the people who actually live in the district, would be vast-majority Indian ANYWAY.  That's how it's supposed to work.  You have no right to a trial by a jury of people just like you, and there is no right to exclude people simply because in aggregate they are too much like the victim.

    Whatever constitutional issues there may be here -- and I don't know, I'm no expert, let's stipulate that they do exist -- there's no reason to assume any practical difference in the jury pool or manner of prosecution between what VAWA proposes and if the reservations did not exist at all.  And as things stand the prosecution simply does not happen AT ALL.  That's not acceptable.

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