SUPREME COURT: Double Jeopardy

. . . Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.

—Fifth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

As every U.S. schoolboy learns, the Bill of Rights struck down tyranny's "double jeopardy" practice of trying a man more than once for the same crime. But, as any well-educated lawyer knows, a long procession of Supreme Court decisions holds that separate trial by federal and state courts for the same crime is not considered to be double jeopardy. Last week the Supreme Court stuck by precedent in two cases involving federal and state...

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