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Supreme Court may close double jeopardy loophole that allows 2 punishments for 1 crime

Supreme Court justices might be ready to stop prosecutors at the state and federal level from prosecuting people for the same crimes twice.
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Justices of the US Supreme Court pose for their official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 30, 2018.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about an exception to the Constitution's ban on being tried for the same offense. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The justices are taking up an appeal Thursday from federal inmate Terance Gamble. He was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction.

The high court is considering whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution's double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime. The court's ruling could be relevant if President Donald Trump were to pardon someone implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and a state wanted to pursue its own charges against that person.

IN DEPTH: Supreme Court tackles 'double jeopardy' exception

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