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Britain to Curb “Double Jeopardy” Rule


— 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 being tried twice for a crime and is enshrined in the legal codes of many of Britain’s former colonies, including the United States.

But under the Criminal Justice Bill, introduced by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government, a person acquitted of certain serious offenses will face a second trial if compelling new details, such as DNA evidence, come to light.

The AP reports it here via El Chadder.


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 being tried twice for a crime and is enshrined in the legal codes of many of Britain’s former colonies, including the United States.

But under the Criminal Justice Bill, introduced by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government, a person acquitted of certain serious offenses will face a second trial if compelling new details, such as DNA evidence, come to light.

The AP reports it here via El Chadder.

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