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Published October 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Myron Bright talks to the daughters of Dana Deegan


Federal Judge Myron Bright of Fargo, senior jurist on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told two daughters of Dana Deegan, Kamryn, 17, (left) and Sydney, 16, (right) that he's committed to "right a wrong," and get justice for their mother, serving a 10-year federal sentence, including seeking clemency from President Barack Obama.Bright spoke Monday at a forum at UND's law school, saying American Indians often face unfair sentences because of he unique jurisdiction of federal courts on reservations.



Deegan, 40, convicted in 2007 of second-degree murder of her infant son near New Town, N.D., is in federal prison in Waseca, Minn.



State sentences for similar homicides of infants by their mothers are much shorter, said Bright, 94, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1968. Also in the photo is B.J. Jones, director of the Tribal Judicial Institute at UND. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Read the article: Federal judge fights for release of N.D. American Indian woman