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Evans v. Michigan, 11-1327

The Double Jeopardy Clause bars retrial of defendant for arson, where: 1) defendant's court-decreed acquittal was the product of an erroneous interpretation of governing legal principles, i.e. that the State had to prove that the burned building was not a dwelling, which was not in fact a required element; but 2) acquittals are substantive rulings that conclude proceedings absolutely; and 3) a judicial acquittal premised upon an erroneous addition of an extraneous element to the charged offense is an acquittal on the merits that bars retrial.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/20/2013
  • Published 02/20/2013

Judges

  • SOTOMAYOR

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  • United States Supreme Court

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