Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A trial judge declared a mistrial in a criminal case after defense counsel referred to the willingness of his client to take a lie detector test in the opeming statement to the jury.
The defendant appealed the mistrial, claiming that double jeopardy barred retrial.
The Maryland Court of Appeals sustained the conclusion of the Court of Special Appeals that there was manifest necessity for the mistrial under the circumstances.
Thus, retrial does not offend double jeopardy. (Mike Frisch)