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June 24, 2009

Uhh, good luck with that testimony...

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If you checked the witness list for tomorrow's SCIA hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act, you probably noticed a familiar name: Troy Eid, the former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, who was pretty much the first and only federal prosecutor to publicly support restoration of tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Eid, who now works at Greenberg Traurig and is going to run for attorney general of Colorado, let a bunch of colleagues (and the media) know he was going to testify at the hearing. In a very helpful e-mail, he attached a copy of his testimony for all to read and offered a prognosis on S.797.
The invitation to testify came from Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, the Committee chairman, who introduced this bi-partisan bill. This is the third time Chairman Dorgan has introduced a version of this bill, although this year the chances for success appear to be favorable.

So far so good, right? Of course! Then come this response, sent to EVERYONE on Eid's e-mail list, from Tom Heffelfinger, whom you might recognize as the former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota and who was nearly fired for paying too much attention to Indians during his time in the Bush administration:
Troy, good luck on this. I testified last year at Sen Dorgan's request on the prior bill. Perhaps you will have better luck. Tom Heffelfinger
Such words of encouragement! We can only hope Heffelfinger twitters the hearing tomorrow to let everyone know how it goes.

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