Double Jeopardy Law 12

Double Jeopardy Law 12

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  • Fred walks past a car dealership and spots a sleek new ferrari.  Unable to resist, he hops in the front seat and...
  • ...using keys conveniently left in the ignition, takes off in the $200,000 vehicle
  • there is clearly no relation between me and this vehicle
  • Promptly one block later, Fred violently collides with a lamppost.  Officers who arrive on the scene suspect he stole the car and arrest him, despite Fred's persistent claims that - 
  • Some time later, on trial for the indictable offense of theft over $5000, Fred can hardly suppress his surprise when he is found not guilty.
  • Due to the lack of evidence, the final verdict is acquittal for the accused
  • The trial had concluded.  But no more than two weeks had passed when Fred was summoned back to the accursed courtroom once again.
  • Recent evidence has been disclosed to suggest that you were indeed guilty of the crime!
  • Under section 11(h) of the Charter, I am exempt from attending a second trial because of protection against double jeopardy!
  • But Fred had done his research.
  • The authorities were baffled.
  • Fred could not be tried again because it violated his right to protection against double jeopardy - he could not be put on trial for the same crime twice.
  • Fred left the court.  But not before noticing the judge had a very fine Porche.
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