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Double Jeopardy: Breaches a Key Protection in our Justice System

05 March 2001

John Wadham, Director of Liberty, says:

"The protection from double jeopardy is a fundamental part of our criminal justice system and we increase the chances of innocent people being convicted if we remove it. People who have been arrested and prosecuted, and who will have been locked up in prison for months before they face trial, should be free once they have been acquitted by a jury. It cannot be right to force them to go through this all over again."

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