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Supreme Court Reaffirms Double Jeopardy Exception With Mueller Probe Implications
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50996"><span class="small">Marianne Dodson, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Monday, 17 June 2019 13:56

Dodson writes: "The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed a 170-year-old exception to the Constitution's double-jeopardy clause, and left the door open for state prosecutors to prosecute Trump campaign officials regardless of whether federal officials have already done so."

Robert Mueller. (photo: James Berglie/TNS)
Robert Mueller. (photo: James Berglie/TNS)


Supreme Court Reaffirms Double Jeopardy Exception With Mueller Probe Implications

By Marianne Dodson, The Daily Beast

17 June 19

 

he U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed a 170-year-old exception to the Constitution’s double-jeopardy clause, and left the door open for state prosecutors to prosecute Trump campaign officials regardless of whether federal officials have already done so. The case, Gamble v. United States, has drawn attention for its potential effect on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s federal prosecutions on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Had the “dual sovereignty doctrine” been repealed, states would not be able to pursue investigations parallel to the federal government, the National Law Journal reports. State prosecutors in New York have brought charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Jr., who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, in the event that President Trump pardons him.

In the 7-2 majority decision, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. wrote that the separate sovereigns exception “honors the substantive differences between the interests that two sovereigns can have in punishing the same act.”

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-17 16:31
This is just another abuse by over-zealous prosecutors. They already over-charge people when they charge them with a crime, then a conspiracy to commit the crime, and then other variations on the same charge. This only runs up the prison sentence. So Assange is facing 175 years for multiple variation of the same charge.

If the US were really a democracy and not a fascist empire, these things would not be allowed. But as we all know, prosecutors are the front line shock troops of the fascist oligarchs who rule the nation. Their powers expand every day.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2019-06-18 14:22
This means that when Trump pardons his underlings or when Pence pardons Trump, they can still be prosecuted in state court. New York has recently change it's double jeopardy law so that it can prosecute in the case of abusive pardons from the president. Before this change it would have been considered double jeopardy under New York law.