The latin phrase “non bis in idem” is translated as “not twice in the same thing” and refers to the right of a defendant to be protected from prosecution for the same crime twice. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This is not exclusively an American doctrine, and is found in a similar form in the federal law of nearly every other modern country. In fact, every member of the Council of Europe has signed a convention which regulates human rights. Article Four of Protocol Seven of the Convention says that no person can be charged again for a crime that they have already been acquitted or convicted of. Laws that guard against double jeopardy are extremely important in any modern legal system, because of the how corrupt and easily abusable repeat trials would be.
The last time you went on a road trip to another state you probably had a lot of things going through your mind. Did you pack everything? Where are you going to stop for gas? How long can I take fast food? I hope the kids sleep. And on and on. But you probably aren’t thinking about the difference in laws. It may surprise you, but not all states protect motorists as well as Washington does. Edwardo Morfin, an attorney at Anderson Law in Kennewick, recently had the opportunity to sit down with a California attorney to discuss some of those differences. Here is what he found out.
I am frequently asked about the cost of medical negligence claims. The questions usually revolve around why so many people are suing doctors (they aren’t) and why these same people are driving up the cost of health insurance (they aren’t, either). Occasionally, someone will ask me why it is so Read more…