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Restore the Double Jeopardy rule in full

Comment 15th July 2010

One of the most illiberal measures passed by the late (and unlamented) Labour government was the modification of the "double jeopardy" rule. Under this modification, you can be charged, tried and acquitted, but re-tried later if new or significant evidence comes to light.

I should like to see the double jeopardy rule restored in full, so that once charged, tried and acquitted for an offence, you cannot be tried again for the same offence.

Why does this matter?

It will inevitably lead to "lazy" prosecutions, and probably to prosecutors attempting second trials, because they can. It cannot be right that a person can be lawfully acquitted of a crime, and have to live the rest of their lives wondering if someone (who they may never have heard of) will come forward with new "evidence".

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