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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Utah Poaching Case

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Utah Poaching Case



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme court will not hear the appeal of a Utah man who wants his conviction on state poaching charges overturned.

Rickie L. Reber says his "treaty rights" as member of an American Indian tribe allows him to hunt and fish without a license. Reber claims to be a member of the Uintah Tribe, which is not federally recognized.

Reber was convicted of poaching a trophy deer with his teenage son in Uintah County.

In April, the Utah Supreme Court upheld the conviction in 2004.

Reber appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in August. His attorney learned yesterday the case won't be heard. Mike Humiston says the high court has too many other cases.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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