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  •  Does MA Constitutional law allow (2+ / 0-)
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    brooklynbadboy, Avila

    for a subsequent prosecution by the state if he is somehow acquitted? Federal law says this is just fine ("separate sovereigns"), but some states (New York I know for sure) do not permit it.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:51:29 PM PDT

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    •  separate charges (6+ / 0-)

      The state charges would not be identical to the Federal ones, so would not be precluded by a federal acquittal. But I seriously doubt we'll get to that point. Either way, the young man is in a heap of trouble and is unlikely to ever have a life outside of the concrete walls.

      •  Yes, remember OK City bombing case? I think OK (0+ / 0-)

        case came after federal case, right?  But Nichols is serving time in federal prison as they have the super max and those chargers were sufficient that he never gets out. I think those 2 were charged first by feds and later state given option, right?>

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        by wishingwell on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:11:30 PM PDT

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        •  In OK, there was no state trial (0+ / 0-)

          after he was convicted in Fed court an received the death penalty, they decided there wasn't a need for state/local prosecution.

          I hope the same happens in MA.  After a fed conviction, another trial would be a waste.

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