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Rintala v. Commonwealth (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-008-16)

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January 14, 2016.

Homicide.  Practice, Criminal, Indictment, Double jeopardy.  Constitutional Law, Double jeopardy.  Supreme Judicial Court, Superintendence of inferior courts.

Cara Rintala appeals from a judgment of a single justice of this court denying her petition for relief under G. L. c. 211, § 3.  Rintala has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of her wife.  Two jury trials on this charge have taken place in the Superior Court, each ending in a mistrial after the jury were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.  After the second trial, Rintala moved to dismiss the indictment on the ground that retrial was barred by double jeopardy principles because the evidence presented at her second trial was insufficient to warrant a conviction.  The judge, who had presided at both trials, denied the motion.  Rintala’s G. L. c. 211, § 3, petition followed.  We affirm the judgment. read more


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - January 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

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