Jared Loughner Facing Federal and State Death Penalty Charges: Indigent Defense Appointments Made for Death Qualified Counsel

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Jared Loughner is accused of violating federal laws that carry with them the death penalty, and he’s already been charged with capital murder in a Phoenix federal courtroom. (Read the federal indictment here.) Arizona law has also been violated in this horrific crime, and the State of Arizona is planning its own separate prosecution of Loughner for capital crimes in violation of state law.

No, it’s not double jeopardy because there are separate crimes, in separate jurisdictions. The fact that lots of money is going to be spent in this media-intense case in two systems as efforts are made to sentence this man to death seems to be acceptable to both prosecutors. Two bites at the apple arguments aren’t legally valid here.

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