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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Supreme Court upheld Monday the ability of federal and state governments to prosecute defendants twice for the same crime -- a form of double jeopardy that could come into play if President Donald Trump pardons former associates caught up in the Russian election meddling scandal.

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Wait a minute! This can't be right. Where was Kavanaugh when all this went on? In the bathroom?

#1 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-06-17 06:02 PM | Reply

I agree with RBG's comments.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-17 06:27 PM | Reply

If the Feds don't get y'all, the states will. Especially New York. The only manufacturing Trump will do is processing pressed fudge, the type a convict gets when they go to Rikers.

#3 | Posted by KillerKarlKrupt at 2019-06-17 06:59 PM | Reply

If the Feds don't get y'all, the states will. Especially New York. The only manufacturing Trump will do is processing pressed fudge, the type a convict gets when they go to Rikers.

#4 | Posted by KillerKarlKrupt at 2019-06-17 07:00 PM | Reply

RGB is wrong because a single action can violate multiple laws, each of which can be prosecuted. State and Federal laws are distinct, actions that break both should be prosecutable at both levels. Defendants can appeal to the highest court if wrongly convicted in a lower court.

But, I can see why a traitor would disagree.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-17 09:41 PM | Reply

You rob a Bank. In this country prosecutors can easily come up with 5-15 charges for any crime because there are so many laws, each with a penalty assigned to it. Prosecutors pile on these charges to scare their suspect into pleading out. The more they pile on what was a single act of robbing a bank the scarier going to trial becomes. Its the American way today, but NOT a system of justice. Its a way of locking people up without spending money for a trial.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-06-17 11:53 PM | Reply

I clicked on the link to that story but it never stopped churning, I don't trust sites like that. Just warning y'all you might not want to go there.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2019-06-18 06:55 AM | Reply

"Defendants can appeal to the highest court if wrongly convicted in a lower court."

Hilarious! Some poor slob the federal and state prosecutors is going to have the legal representation to take it all the way to the SCOTUS. Riiiight!!!
Double jeopardy is crazy town, we incarcerate more people than any other nation on Earth. WE need less prosectutions not more.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2019-06-18 08:08 AM | Reply

In my opinion, there should be only one bite at the apple. If you do a crime in a state and are found not guilty, you shouldn't be able to be tried in federal court for the same crime.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-06-18 11:12 AM | Reply

In my opinion, there should be only one bite at the apple. If you do a crime in a state and are found not guilty, you shouldn't be able to be tried in federal court for the same crime.

POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2019-06-18 11:12 AM | REPLY

Separate sovereigns aka concurrent jurisdiction. Look it up.

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-06-18 11:54 AM | Reply

No offense to Rogers, but US News headline is incorrect: What SCOTUS did was uphold the Dual Sovereign Doctrine, basically saying that since the Feds and the States have different laws, they can each prosecute a violation of those laws, which I think is correct in most instances.

This is a "be careful what you wish for" scenario, however, because most major felonies have two laws against them, and while I will defer to Moder8 on criminal defense issues, if someone gets acquitted for robbing a bank under State law, this seems to indicate that the Feds can also go after them later for the same crime.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-18 12:09 PM | Reply

"You rob a Bank. In this country prosecutors can easily come up with 5-15 charges for any crime because there are so many laws, each with a penalty assigned to it. Prosecutors pile on these charges to scare their suspect into pleading out. The more they pile on what was a single act of robbing a bank the scarier going to trial becomes. Its the American way today, but NOT a system of justice. Its a way of locking people up without spending money for a trial."

Ok, so I may have a solution to this. Now, stay with me here until you hear the whole thing because it is somewhat outlandish. So, it starts by not robbing a bank. Then...that's it. Just don't rob an ---- bank and you don't have to worry about that problem. :-)

But yeah, your point is valid. The laws exist for a reason, prosecuting violators of those laws is there for a reason, but it's gotten out of control where now lawyers can play child's games with peoples' lives. Chutes and ladders for the incarcerated, if you will.

#12 | Posted by humtake at 2019-06-18 12:49 PM | Reply

Supreme Court upholds 'Double Jeopardy' standard that could Blunt Impact of potential Trump Pardons

Let's see if Manafort's vocal cords begin to loosen up. If he was hoping that a pardon from Trump was going to set him free, he's got to develop another plan.

#13 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-06-18 02:45 PM | Reply

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