OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The United States Supreme Court will not hear
Parish V. Oklahoma, which challenged an Oklahoma Criminal Appeals
court ruling that had determined the McGirt ruling was a procedural
one, and thus not retroactive.
For cases to be heard at the United States Supreme Court, the first
step is for a writ to certiorari to be filed with the high court by one of
the parties. The Writ of Certiorari is a request for the case to be heard
by the high court.
Next, law clerks for the Supreme Court Justices review the case and
prepare a brief memorandum describing it, and the case is scheduled
The Justices then hold a conference to discuss whether to grant or
deny certiorari for the cases. If certiorari is granted, the case is heard,
if it is denied, it is not and any cases that a decision is not made on
will be redistributed for a later conference.
A petition for writ of certiorari was filed by Parish on September 27,
The case was scheduled to be discussed at the January 7 conference
and denied certiorari on the January 10 order list issued by the court.
Currently Oklahoma has filed for writs of certiorari with the Supreme
Court in 48 cases, 33 of which were distributed for the January 7
conference, one is scheduled for the January 14 conference, and four are
distributed for the January 21 conference, leaving 10 yet to be