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Governor Stitt Laments Further Fallout From McGirt Ruling

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Following the Court of Criminal Appeals decision to rip a portion of Ottawa County from the state of Oklahoma for purposes of federal criminal law, Governor Kevin Stitt released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s McGirt ruling continues to tear Oklahoma apart. Today the Court of Criminals Appeals found that for purposes of federal criminal law, a portion of Ottawa County no longer falls under the jurisdiction of the state of Oklahoma. This is the sixth new jurisdiction in our state. Oklahoma is literally being torn into pieces.

“One of the most basic functions of a state in the United States of America is the ability to enforce the rule of law and keep the public safe. If we cannot do that, we do not have a state. Oklahoma has lost much of that ability in the eastern half of our state, and as of today, that now includes another portion of Ottawa County. 

“As I have said from the beginning, McGirt not only creates a public safety nightmare, but threatens the sovereignty of our state to its core. Oklahoma is being cobbled up piece by piece. This cannot stand.”

Read the Court of Criminal Appeals decision here.

Last Modified on Oct 21, 2021
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