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Supreme Court limits protection against double jeopardy

The Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2012
Publié le : 25 mai 2012
 David G. Savage 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court limited the Constitution's protection against double jeopardy in cases involving multiple charges and a deadlocked jury.

The 6-3 decision holds that a jury's unanimous but tentative vote to acquit a defendant on some charges does not count as a verdict.

It came in the case of an Arkansas man who in 2009 was tried for murder and manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old baby. The jury voted unanimously against the murder charge, but the foreman said they were "hopelessly deadlocked" on whether he was guilty of manslaughter. The judge declared a mistrial.

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