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Criminal Law

Due process

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Vanderbilt Law Review

1966

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Federal Double Jeopardy Policy, Jay A. Sigler Mar 1966

Federal Double Jeopardy Policy, Jay A. Sigler

Vanderbilt Law Review

The fifth amendment provision against double jeopardy is one of the basic protections afforded defendants by the United States Constitution. Its roots are found in early common law,' and the policies which it represents have been gradually defined by federal courts to meet various situations of inequality in the position of a criminal defendant confronted by federal prosecuting attorneys. Presently the double jeopardy provision is not incorporated by the fourteenth amendment as a restriction upon state action, but this condition may not prevail much longer. Should double jeopardy become incorporated into the "due process" clause of the fourteenth amendment, states …