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  •  Simply not true. (0+ / 0-)

    Double jeopardy would apply in a federal indictment for manslaughter or murder, but nor a criminal civil rights case.  For example, the cops who beat the tar out of Rodney King were acquitted in state court, but then a federal grand jury returned indictments against the three officers for "willfully and intentionally using unreasonable force" and against Koon for "willfully permitting and failing to take action to stop the unlawful assault." on King.

    And the wrongful death suit would be held to a jury pool from the same area.

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:17:48 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe an actual legal expert can chime in (0+ / 0-)

      but I'm pretty sure you can't just keep dredging up different charges for the same action.

      Please proceed, Governor.

      by USArmyParatrooper on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:24:04 AM PDT

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      •  Suggst you google the Rodney King incident. (0+ / 0-)

        Zimmerman was only placed in jeopardy for 2nd degree murder and the lesser included manslaughter case.  Therefore, any other charges, including say unlawfully discharging a firearm in city limits to a federal criminal civil rights charge are viable.

        I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

        by bobdevo on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:42:04 AM PDT

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        •  Were the police charged with crimes a 2nd time? nt (0+ / 0-)

          Please proceed, Governor.

          by USArmyParatrooper on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:50:51 AM PDT

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          •  Yes. April of '92 the cops were found not guilty.. (0+ / 0-)
            In August 1992 a federal Grand Jury indicted the four officers for violating King's Civil Rights. Koon was charged with depriving King of Due Process of Law by failing to restrain the other officers. The other three officers were charged with violating King's right against unreasonable Search and Seizure because they had used unreasonable force during the arrest.

            At the federal trial, which was held in Los Angeles, the jury was more racially diverse than the one at Simi Valley: two jury members were black, one was Hispanic, and the rest were white. This time King testified about the beating and charged that the officers had used racial epithets. Observers agreed that he was an effective witness. The videotape again was the central piece of evidence for both sides. On April 17, 1993, the jury convicted officers Koon and Powell of violating King's civil rights but acquitted Wind and Briseno. Koon and Powell were sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

            I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

            by bobdevo on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:15:57 AM PDT

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