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.
The media saturates us with stories of violence, but most people leave them on the page or screen. So what made these copycat killers act out?
In the park. On the bus. At the mall. At your job. Is there any place you can go and not be watched? After reading this article, you may agree the answer is "no."