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Supreme Court Rules Double Jeopardy Does Not Bar Retrial after Inconsistent Verdicts

Posted Dec 2, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Bravo-Fernandez v. US, that the double jeopardy clause does not bar the government from retrying defendants where the jury delivered inconsistent verdicts on related charges and the convictions were subsequently vacated by an unrelated error.  In her opinion, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “because we do not know what the jury would have concluded had there been no instructional error…a new trial on the counts of conviction is in order”.  Read articles in Jurist and Reuters.