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Offline Olde Hornet

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Supreme Court upholds 'double jeopardy' standard that could blunt impact of potential Trump pardons

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/17/supreme-court-double-jeopardy-ruling-trump-associates/3268701002/


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court upheld Monday the ability of federal and state governments to prosecute defendants twice for the same crime – a form of double jeopardy that could come into play if President Donald Trump pardons former associates caught up in the Russian election meddling scandal.

The case, which was heard in early December, had appeared to be an opportunity for challengers to block second prosecutions. But during oral argument, it became clear that a majority of justices were wary of letting criminals go free, possibly including some of those previously sentenced.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the 7-2 opinion, joined by three conservative and three liberal colleagues. Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

The case gained attention largely because of the possibility that Trump could pardon one or more of his former associates convicted in federal court as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Ineresting pairing of Ginsburg and Gorsuch dissenting. Justice Thomas wrote a conccurence,

Justice Clarence Thomas, who voted with the majority, wrote in a separate opinion to explain when he thinks the court can overrule opinions that have been on the books for many years.

"In my view, if the Court encounters a decision that is demonstrably erroneous -- i.e. one that is not a permissible interpretation of the text -- the Court should correct the error, regardless of whether other factors support overruling the precedent," Thomas wrote.

His opinion reinforces a sentiment he has made before, but it comes as the newly solidified conservative majority is potentially poised to overturn other long standing case. The opinion sends a strong signal that Thomas might vote against precedent in other cases, even if the opinion is deeply engrained in the court's jurisprudence.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/17/politics/supreme-court-double-jeopardy-clause-case/index.html

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I am laughing my a**  off at you K----s. In the end this ruling probably end up screwing someone you believe is deserving of a Presidential pardon. Of course, you IDIOTS are happy because you believe it's another let's stop Trump measure. You damn clowns.

Yet, you n...ers are hard press to come up with one damn thing he's done as POTUS to harm Blacks. You GD IDIOTS.

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Well, I for one, wanted the dual sovereign doctrine abolished. I don't think a person should be heldo to answer by state authorities and federal authorities for the same criminal conduct.

Why are you so angry Oldsport. You must be angry because you are always calling people out their names in all upper case letters. That is called cyber yelling.  :shrug:

 

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