Supreme Court Upholds Right of States and Federal Government to Prosecute for Same Crime

Route Fifty: States and the federal government can separately prosecute a person for the same offense, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Monday in a decision that upholds state and federal government dual-sovereignty rights.

The 7-2 ruling, which was being closely watched because of its implications for cases involving associates of President Donald Trump, means state and federal prosecutors can continue to bring criminal charges for the same alleged crimes without running afoul of the double jeopardy clause in the Fifth Amendment.

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