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U.S. Attorney Trent Shores’ Statement Regarding Possible Federal Actions in Cases Affected by the Supreme Court’s Ruling in McGirt v Oklahoma

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores has made the following statement:

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma has received a number of media inquiries about its anticipated actions in a variety of state cases that have been or may be dismissed as a result of the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision, including the recently dismissed case State of Oklahoma v. Dustin Dennis. First, as a general matter, the United States does not comment on pending investigations. We do our utmost to protect the integrity and confidentiality of federal Grand Jury proceedings, consistent with Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Second, let there be no doubt that my team of federal prosecutors, legal support staff, victim specialists, and administrative staff are working around the clock right now to pursue justice and help victims of crime. We are doing so in partnership with tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as with the Tulsa County and Creek County District Attorneys and the Muscogee (Creek) Attorney General. We want to ensure the citizens of northeastern Oklahoma continue to receive seamless public safety services. Oklahomans have always been good about working together to achieve a common goal. Since the McGirt decision came down, I’ve seen just that – Oklahomans working together to promote continued public safety in this new jurisdictional landscape.”


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Updated July 13, 2020

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