Acquittals

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U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Protections of Double Jeopardy Clause

The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars a defendant from being tried twice for the same offense. There has traditionally been a distinction between substantive and procedural dismissals...more

Against The Odds: Acquittal For Kelly Soo Park

In March 2008, 21-year old Juliana Redding was murdered in her Santa Monica apartment. At 9:52 PM on the night of her death, Ms. Redding dialed 911, but was unable to complete the call. An ensuing fight left Ms. Redding dead...more

The Judiciary and the Jury: Confusion Happens

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution - The California trial of Kelly Soo Park for the alleged murder of Juliana Redding recently concluded with the acquittal of Ms. Park. Ms. Park, a 47-year old...more

Lessons from the George Zimmerman Case

For nearly a month, the trial was held against George Zimmerman. The state charged him with second degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman asserted self defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground “ law, and...more

Nortel Executives are Acquitted of Fraud: A Comment on the Recent Decision in R. v. Dunn

On January 14, 2013, three former Nortel executives were acquitted on two counts of fraud. The Crown alleged that the accused, Nortel’s former directing minds, had manipulated Nortel’s financial statements during a time that...more

Addressing Workplace Hazards: Law To Be Clarified By Alberta’s Highest Court

The Alberta Court of Appeal has agreed to hear an employer’s appeal of a judgment of the Court of Queen’s Bench which overturned acquittals, by a Provincial Court judge, of two charges under the Alberta Occupational Health...more

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