Editor's Note:On Feb. 20, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of defendant Lamar Evans in the case detailed below.
"I'm gratified the Court reaffirmed the principle it had recognized for over a century: an acquittal, whether by a judge or jury, is final and the State cannot put a citizen through the ordeal of a retrial following an acquittal simply by identifying errors in the trial leading to the acquittal," said Prof. David Moran, who argued the case before the Supreme Court in November. "To put it simply, it's the State that puts people on trial, and the Double Jeopardy Clause stands for the proposition that it is the State, not the citizen, who must bear the risk that mistakes are made during that trial."
Prof. Richard Friedman was one of Prof. Moran's co-counsels on the case.
By John MassonOct. 30, 2012
No point is ever moot when you're preparing to argue before the United States Supreme Court.
More on the case is available at http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/evans-v-michigan.
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