05:22:10 AM Mar 19th 2013
"On an episode of Law & Order, a Mafia boss arranges for two of his underlings to turn stoolie and feed false information about a murder he ordered to the police, so his attorney can reveal the deception at trial and get the case thrown out of court. As a result, when the cops find real evidence linking him to the crime, they can't do anything about it because of double jeopardy." Which isn't how double jeopardy actually works. (Hollywood Law...) Double jeopardy means a person can't be tried twice for the same crime with the same evidence. New evidence is something else. Check out the case of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evans as an example of how it works.