Double Jeopardy, in law, being subjected twice to prosecution or punishment for the same offense. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits this practice: “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This clause is interpreted to cover all criminal prosecutions. There are certain situations in which being tried twice is not considered double jeopardy—for example, as the result of a mistrial. Under a 1969 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the states, as well as the federal government, must offer protection against double jeopardy.
Serial killers aren't always creepy loners who live with their mothers -- sometimes they're seemingly average churchgoers with wives and kids. How much do you know about the history of serial killers -- and would you know if one were living next door?
What if your pen pal was a prison inmate? That's the idea behind a prison project designed to connect middle school students with prisoners. What influence did these pen pals have on kids?