The Second Rodney King Trial: Justice in Jeopardy?

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Vol: 27, Issue: 1

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Gorman, Robert C.
Rodney King; civil rights; double jeopardy; Law; dual sovereignty doctrine; Civil Rights and Discrimination; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Human Rights Law; Law and Race
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This Comment will trace the roots of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and provide a detailed look at the development of the dual sovereignty doctrine. After this overview, it will analyze the historical, legal and policy arguments advanced by supporters and opponents of the doctrine. It will examine proposals for altering or abolishing the doctrine. Finally, in light of the underlying analysis, it will revisit the Rodney King case and examine whether the defendants' second trial - or any successive prosecution - is justified.