Two former Adelphia Communications executives may be entitled to dismissal on double jeopardy grounds of the conspiracy charges lodged against them in a second indictment, now that the 3rd Circuit has voted 7-4 in their favor. But the dissenting opinion shows that the 3rd Circuit's divided ruling is just the latest fissure in a deepening split among the federal circuits on the issue of how courts should tackle double jeopardy claims that arise from successive prosecutions under the general conspiracy law.
Double Jeopardy May Apply to Former Adelphia Executives
The Legal Intelligencer
May 17, 2010