US Supreme Court reaffirmed the precedent allowing prosecuting a person twice for the same offence, The Washington Post reported Monday. Although it violated the double jeopardy clause in the fifth amendments to the US Constitution, which prohibits anyone from being prosecuted twice for the same crime, the Supreme Court has permitted to prosecute and punish one person twice as state and federal governments are considered to be separate actors.
Some have jokes that the case should be called Manafort v. Mueller as some states wanted to prosecute Paul Manafort, former Trump Campaign Chairman, under their laws in case US President Donald Trump decides to pardon Manafort on federal convictions.
Currently more than 20 American States and the Department of Justice have their own rulings on whether it is acceptable to prosecute one individual twice.
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