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OffbeatSupreme Court double jeopardy case could impact presidential pardon power

13:30  06 december  2018
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Trump says Manafort pardon U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he has not ruled out granting a pardon to his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to a range of federal charges related to money laundering to unregistered lobbying. "It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?” the president told the New York Post during an Oval Office interview.

Under current Supreme Court precedent, a presidential pardon of an individual does not prevent that individual from being A win for Gamble could also indirectly strengthen the President ’s pardon power , by precluding a state “ Supreme Court Agrees to Hear ‘ Double Jeopardy ’ Case in the Fall.”

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Supreme Court double jeopardy case could impact presidential pardon power© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON - JUNE 29: "Equal Justice Under Law" is carved into the facade of the United States Supreme Court building June 29, 2009 in Washington, DC.

The Supreme Court on Thursday will consider an exception to the Fifth Amendment's ban on prosecuting an individual twice for the same offense in a case that could also possibly impact President Donald Trump's pardon power as it applies to the Robert Mueller probe.

Decades ago, the Supreme Court developed an exception to the Fifth Amendment's double jeopardy clause and it is now being asked to rethink precedent.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case in the fall to consider whether the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment bars If the court overrules its prior precedent, it could make it more difficult for a state to try someone who has been pardoned by the federal government if trial

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The so-called "separate sovereigns exception" provides that a person can be tried twice for the same offense if the prosecutions occur in state and federal courts. The rationale is that the states and the federal government are different sovereigns.

Critics contend that in the modern day it leads to harassment of defendants -- especially the poor -- who can't afford to fight on two fronts. They also point to a recent trend they argue has led to an increase of federal prosecutions in areas that had traditionally been left to the states.

In addition, it could also impact the presidential pardon power, leading to a question of what would happen if President were to pardon an individual like his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for federal offenses. Under the exception, a state could conceivably bring a prosecution for the same crimes. That might not occur if the court were to strike the exception.

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The case before the justices Thursday is brought by Terance Gamble, who was convicted of second-degree robbery in Alabama in 2008 and 2013. He was subsequently stopped in 2015 and found with a weapon in his car. Federal and state law forbid a convicted felon from possessing a firearm. After convictions in both federal and state courts, Gamble said that his dual convictions prolonged his incarceration by three years.

An appeals court ruled against him citing Supreme Court precedent which, the court said, "has determined that prosecution in federal and state court for the same conduct does not violate the Double Jeopardy Clause because the state and federal governments are separate sovereigns."

Gamble appealed to the Supreme Court, asking it to overrule the separate sovereigns doctrine.

In court papers, Gamble's lawyers argued that "for centuries" federal and state criminal justice systems operated with little to no overlap and that state criminal law was dominant.

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“And its persistence impairs full realization of the Double Jeopardy Clause’s liberty protections.” The U.S. Constitution grants presidents broad authority to Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be sitting on the court by the time the case is heard later in this Supreme Court term, which opens Oct.

case , the Supreme Court finally applied federal double jeopardy protection to state law. The Supreme Court was noticeably less generous in the case of Alex Blueford, whose jury had unanimously acquitted him on capital murder charges before hanging on the issue of whether to

In the modern day, they say, that has changed.

Presidential pardon power limits?

Although the case does not touch on the special counsel's investigation, some believe that it might have ramifications for Manafort. The President has not ruled out the possibility of a pardon. If the Supreme Court strikes down the exception, a state could, theoretically, prosecute him.

"There's more than nothing to the concern that, if the court overturns the separate-sovereigns doctrine, a state could not then prosecute someone like Paul Manafort for the federal crimes for which he might be pardoned," said CNN legal analyst and University of Texas Law School Professor Steve Vladeck.

"But the criminal jurisdiction of states tends to be so much broader than the federal government that such a move might not close the door to all potential criminal liability in such cases," Vladeck added.

Adam Kurland, a profess of law at Howard University School of Law, doubts the case will impact the Mueller investigation.

"New York law already has a statute that limits some state prosecutions based on the same conduct as a prior federal prosecution," he said in a statement.

The Justice Department has urged the court to uphold the separate sovereigns exception, citing the intent of the framers.

"The framers wrote the Constitution to manifest the sovereign power of the United States and the states, including the power to enforce their own criminal laws," argued Principal Deputy Solicitor General Jeff Wall in court papers.

Wall also argued that under longstanding policy, the government only pursues a federal prosecution when the state case has left "substantial federal interest demonstrably unvindicated."

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