September 24, 1999 |
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.
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.
June 17, 1995 |
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 |
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.
October 21, 1994 |
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.
October 22, 2008 |
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....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2008 |
The lawyer for a Japanese businessman accused of killing his wife in 1981 filed legal papers Thursday insisting that his client was acquitted in Japan of murder and conspiracy and can't be tried in the United States without being placed in double jeopardy. Attorney Mark Geragos filed the papers answering a lengthy prosecution motion on the eve of a major hearing set for this afternoon for Kazuyoshi Miura. A judge is expected to decide whether Miura will be extradited from Saipan to Los Angeles for a murder trial or will be set free to return to his home in Japan.
November 21, 2003 |
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.