The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, No. 21-429, on April 27, 2022.

At issue is whether the state of Oklahoma can prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes against Indians in Indian Country. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that jurisdiction lies with the federal government.

The hearing lasted about 2 hours and 12 minutes, far longer than the 70 minutes allotted by the Supreme Court.

The hearing concluded with a tribute to Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who is stepping down at the end of the court’s current session.

Oral Argument
Kannon K. Shanmugam for State of Oklahoma (70 minutes)

Zachary Charles Schauf for Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta (32 minutes)

Edwin S. Kneedler for the United States (21 minutes)

Rebuttal from Kannon K. Shanmugam for State of Oklahoma (5 minutes)

Recognition of Edwin S. Kneedler and Tribute to Justice Stephen G. Breyer (Brief)

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