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Geragos takes slaying case

March 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos confirmed Saturday that he is representing a Japanese businessman accused of fatally shooting his wife in the 1980s and said his first order of business will be to try to get the charges dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy.

Kazuyoshi Miura was convicted of his wife's murder in Japan in 1994, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. Although the original trial was in Japan, Geragos said he believes U.S. law still prevents Miura from being tried again for the same crime.

"The first thing I'm going to do is challenge the arrest warrant," Geragos told the Associated Press. "He is once in jeopardy."

Miura's arrest last month in the U.S. territory of Saipan has created a sensation in Japan, where his case has been called that country's equivalent of O.J. Simpson's.

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