That pesky Fifth Amendment.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Double jeopardy has been a principle of these United States since 1789.
Technically, double jeopardy applies only to a single jurisdiction, but New York has a double jeopardy law that says if the Federal Government attaches jeopardy to you, the state won’t come at you for the same crime.
It is a matter of principle.
In Trump’s America principle doesn’t matter anymore.
First it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Then it was Scooter Libby.
Now it’s Dinesh D’Souza.
We can’t afford to wait to see who will be next. Lawmakers must act now to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole. pic.twitter.com/nF5wTUGSjf
— New York Attorney General (@NewYorkStateAG) May 31, 2018
See, when Trump pardons someone you don’t like, why not take a crack at the guy at the state level. Never mind one of the oldest and most sacred principles in American jurisprudence. We have to throw a guy in prison because Trump.
But what else can you expect from people who have been raging on for years about the gun show loophole.
These people consider the entire Bill of Rights a loophole.
Here’s what will happen if the likes of Barbra Underwood get their way. They’ll get 51 chances to try you. If they can’t nail you in Federal Court, they will go state by state until they can secure a conviction or you plead guilty because you ran out of money to defend yourself.
Those are the one type of loophole they like, the little technicalities that allow them to oppress you.