Tags: double | jeopardy | murder | trial

SCOTUS: No Double Jeopardy in Murder Trial

Thursday, 24 May 2012 04:25 PM

 

The Supreme Court says a man can be retried on murder charges despite a jury forewoman's statement that they were unanimously against finding him guilty.

The high court on Thursday ruled Arkansas can retry Alex Blueford on murder charges in the death of 20-month-old Matthew McFadden Jr. Authorities say the child was beaten to death.

During deliberations, the jury forewoman said in court that the jury was unanimously against finding Blueford guilty on murder charges, but was deadlocked on manslaughter. The judge declared a mistrial, but Blueford, of Jacksonville, Ark., argued that double jeopardy attached to the murder charges because of the forewoman's statement.

Chief Justice John Roberts said in a 6-3 ruling that since the judge declared a mistrial, there was no jury verdict and therefore no double jeopardy.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Bill Clinton: Healthcare Begins With Grassroots 'Wellness' Efforts

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 06:55 AM

Former President Bill Clinton called for an intensified emphasis on wellness as opposed to fixing sickness, KESQ News re . . .

Michael Moore Continues Twitter Barrage on 'American Sniper'

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 09:14 AM

Filmmaker Michael Moore continued his attacks against the movie "American Sniper" on his Twitter account over the weeken . . .

Fox News Protester Shoots Self Outside News Corp. HQ

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 11:15 AM

A man protesting Fox News Channel outside the network's New York City base in the News Corp. building shot himself, crit . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved