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Old May 9, 2012, 04:40 PM   #9
Jimro
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To avoid "double jeapordy" Feds will usually defer prosecution to a local jurisdiction in order to have a fall back case if things go poorly at a State trial. The other way is that they'll let the jusidiction with "the most teeth" take the first bite.

That's how the Army convicted a retiree a few years back of murder after North Carolina failed to convict. No double jeapordy because of two different jurisdictions.

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