More than 150 text messages sent between a judge and an assistant district attorney during a criminal trial is not a sufficient basis to allow a defendant to block her retrial based on double-jeopardy grounds, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

Clinton County Senior Judge J. Michael Williamson, presiding over the criminal case Commonwealth v. McClure in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, determined that because he was unable to view the texts and prosecutors testified the messages were largely administrative, the defendant’s double-jeopardy motion should be denied.

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