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David Harris on Denial of State Sen. Jane Orie's Double Jeopardy Claim

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September 5, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on the denial of State Senator Jane Orie's appeal of a double jeopardy issue that arose out of her trial on political corruption charges.  When Orie's defense attorney offered evidence that seemed to contained forged signatures, the trial judge declared a mistrial; Orie then argued that there should be no retrial, on the basis of double jeoparday.  The trial judge denied her motion, and she appealed.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court disagreed, and Professor Harris explained that any further appeal would be even less likely to succeed than the argument in front of either the trial judge or the Superior Court.


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