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Deadlock and Double Jeopardy

The US Supreme Court decided Blueford v. Arkansas this morning, deciding 6-3 that a jury's informal report that it had voted unanimously against the higher degree offense and was deadlocked on the lower degree was not an acquittal of the higher degree for purposes of the double jeopardy clause.  The report lacked the finality needed for a verdict.  Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts; dissent by Justice Sotomayor joined by Justices Ginsburg and Kagan.

Next day for opinions is Tuesday (because Monday is a holiday).

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