TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Feb 23, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed divided Wednesday on whether to allow an Arkansas man, Alex Blueford, to be retried on murder charges even though a jury forewoman said in open court that they were unanimously against finding him guilty -- before deliberations were complete. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last year that Blueford should be retried on the original charges. But Blueford's lawyers want justices to bar a second trial on capital and first-degree murder charges, saying that would violate Fifth Amendment protections preventing someone from being tried twice for the same crime.  ABC News has this AP story.