State-Federal ‘Double Jeopardy’ Case to Be Heard by Supreme Court

Route Fifty: The legal doctrine that allows states and the federal government to separately prosecute a person for the same alleged crime could be upended or reaffirmed depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a case before the justices on Thursday.

In Terance Martez Gamble v. United States of America, lawyers for Gamble, an Alabama man now serving a prison sentence for state and federal gun possession charges, argue that the court should abandon what’s known as the “separate sovereigns" exception.

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