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Friday, June 1, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Another Bite Out of Constitutional Protections Against Double Jeopardy

The Supreme Court recently weakened constitutional protections against double jeopardy in Blueford v. Arkansas, a homicide case. The 6-to-3 decision was written by Chief Justice Roberts. It allowed a defendant to be retried for murder — not just manslaughter — even though the jury forewoman had reported that the jurors had unanimously rejected murder charges and were deadlocked on the lesser manslaughter count.
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