Supreme Court Upholds 'Double Jeopardy' Exception in State, Federal Cases

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The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime.

The court's 7-2 decision Monday preserves a long-standing rule that provides an exception to the Constitution's ban on trying someone twice for the same offense.

The court ruled against federal prison inmate Terance Gamble. He was prosecuted by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier conviction for robbery.

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