Last week the U.S. Supreme Court found another exception to the Constitution’s prohibition on double jeopardy. In a 6-3 ruling (PDF), the Court found that when a jury is given a range of mutually
exclusive charges to chose from, the fact that the first jury voted to
acquit on the most serious charges doesn’t prevent the state from trying
the suspect on those charges again. I don’t agree with the Court’s decision, but that’s not really even the most objectionable part of this case.
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