YELLOWSTONE Pilot: Shootout at the O.K. Rez Legalities?

He flipped his desk up and hid behind that. It blocked all the rounds they fired at him then he popped up and shot them with his pistola. He was a SEAL!!! lol

This is supposed to be a highlight reel but instead it really captures how ridiculous the last two seasons are:

15 minutes at the new ranch and jimmy went from helpless retard to world champion pussy slaying rodeo stud…


The answer to that question is: sort of. There is a portion of the Yellowstone National Park that could be viewed as lawless, but more accurately, it’s just jury-less. That’s important, because the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution promises certain things that, if not possible, would seemingly allow a criminal to escape prosecution. Testing this loophole still feels like a dodgy proposition, however.

A quick geography lesson may be needed to explain this next part. The Dutton family’s Yellowstone Ranch is in Montana, mostly north of the majority of Yellowstone National Park, which is primarily in Wyoming. A sliver of the park extends north into Montana, and another sliver pushes west, into Idaho. This second sliver is known as the Zone of Death, and it’s that 50-square-mile plot that many believe Taylor Sheridan had in mind when he created the train station.

Since it’s part of the park, it’s part of the District of Wyoming, even though it’s in Idaho. In 2005, a Michigan State University law professor named Brian Kalt discovered this and started to alert lawmakers of an issue. Under the Sixth Amendment, “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.” No one lives in that 50-mile area, thus, no jury could be formed. This subject was discussed in more detail during Ep. 3 of the Dutton Rules podcast:

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