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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1987
The 4th District Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed the felony case against a Newport Beach man accused of causing an accident three years ago in which two people were injured, saying prosecutors had placed him in double jeopardy. Kevin R. Bas had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts in connection with the Newport Beach accident: driving on a suspended license and without a license in his possession, making an illegal left turn and failure to yield the right of way.
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NEWS
June 17, 1995 | TIM RUTTEN and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Will they or won't they? One week ago, anybody with a mild interest in O.J. Simpson's double murder trial knew how both sides intended to respond in the not-unlikely event that the number of available jurors fell below 12: The former football star's lawyers repeatedly and forthrightly said they were prepared to proceed, come what may. Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti insisted that his office would not make a decision until circumstances compelled it. All that clarity is behind us.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 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.
NEWS
October 21, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department Thursday urged the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a unanimous ruling that bars the government from taking the criminal proceeds of convicted felons on grounds that doing so violates the constitutional guarantee against double jeopardy. In a petition for rehearing filed with the court in Los Angeles, U.S. Atty. Norma M. Manella said that the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
California prosecutors filed lengthy papers Friday insisting that a Japanese businessman can be prosecuted in the 1981 murder of his wife in Los Angeles even though he was acquitted of the crime in Japan. In 60 pages of court filings, prosecutors said Kazuyoshi Miura cannot claim double jeopardy because he never entered a plea under California law and was not tried here. At the time of the crime, California law barred prosecution of someone already tried in a foreign jurisdiction.
WORLD
November 21, 2003 | From Associated Press
The British Parliament on Thursday approved legislation to overturn "double jeopardy" protection for offenses such as murder, rape and armed robbery. The centuries-old legal rule prevents suspects from being tried twice for a crime, and it is enshrined in the legal codes of many of Britain's former colonies, including the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1999 | GENE SEYMOUR, FOR THE TIMES
By now the "wrong man" crime story is so established in our folklore that it's practically a ritual. And while "Double Jeopardy" applies a couple of different spins on the formula (notably that there's a "wronged woman" involved here), many of the same conventions are intact.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2008 | Kim Murphy
An Army lieutenant who faced court-martial for refusing to fly with his unit to Iraq won a partial reprieve when a federal judge ruled he could not be retried on the most serious charge against him. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle concluded that a new court-martial on the issue of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada's failure to board a plane to Iraq would constitute double jeopardy, after his earlier court-martial ended in a mistrial....
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