Georgia’s hard-nosed “two strikes” criminal law is well-known. But defenseattorney Brian Steel has a court mulling a different two-strikes argumentthat could lead to a murder suspect’s release.

State law O.C.G.A. 17-7-53.1 says that a twice-quashed indictment barsprosecution of a defendant on the offense charged. In Steel’s case, hisclient, Michael B. LeJeune, faces a possible death sentence if convictedof the brutal 1997 slaying of a 39-year-old man.