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Question about the court system...

If someone is found innocent for murder, but it comes out that the jury did not follow the directions, can the prosecution appeal to a higher court?confused


Asked by mommy2each at 1:55 PM on Jul. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (6)
  • Something is right. Once tried and acquited a person cannot be charged with the same crime again. There is no option to have a retrial, you get one shot and that's it. (Unless, of course, there is a mistrial. But a mistrial has to be declared prior to the verdict being returned to the judge.) That's why many feel that the prosecutor's in the Casey Anthony trial are to blame, they should have sought after smaller charges that they had more evidence for rather than going for a larger charge that had circumstantial evidence.

    She cannot be charged again, HOWEVER she can still be sued in civil court and those cases can go on for years and years. A lot of people state she'll become rich off this, but honestly I think she's going to be up to her eyeballs in debt because of all the lawsuits that will be filed against her.

    Answer by miss_lisa at 2:49 PM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • I don't think so. Once tried for murder, and aquitted (sp?) you can't be charged with again reguardless of the situation...

    Answer by something_ at 1:56 PM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • I think it would be labeled a mistrial.

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 1:56 PM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • First, no one was found innocent. Not guilty does not mean innocent. And yes, that would be a mistrial if they could prove it.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 1:56 PM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • I'd like to know.. bump.

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 1:57 PM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • sarcasmYou would think so right? It's never really that easy though.


    Answer by geminisummerz at 1:58 PM on Jul. 11, 2011