Posted Thu Sep 18th by Ian Henson
Double Jeopardy is defined as being tried for the same crime twice. In the United States a person is protected under the 5th amendment:
“[T]he Double Jeopardy Clause protects against three distinct abuses:  a second prosecution for the same offense after acquittal;  a second prosecution for the same offense after conviction; and  multiple punishments for the same offense.’ U.S. v. Halper, 490 U.S. 435, 440 (1989).“
One thing is becoming very clear – in the National Football League, there is no such thing as Double Jeopardy. As a matter of fact, as the NFL and newly crowned commissioner Roger Goodell have proven, the league isn’t even interested in waiting until a crime has been proven in the court room. Goodell is the lone judge and jury.
Updating an earlier post, ‘Marshall in More Hot Water?‘ by Kyle this morning. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has said that the NFL is aware of the charges and that,
“We have been aware of these potential charges,” Aiello said. “We will continue to monitor the case and review it under our policy as appropriate.“
Given that someone like Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones was suspended, then continued to mount up the court cases, yet saw no extension to his original suspension, Brandon Marshall may be in the clear. However, the NFL can at any point decide to act on any impulse they may have. Denver’s wide receiver could infact face further disciplinary action.
Marshall had this to say this afternoon, prior to the Aiello comment,
“We make mistakes and all you’ve got to do is learn from them and grow, and sometimes those mistakes make you a stronger person. That’s exactly what it’s made me — much wiser.”
I know that I was the first one to point out this morning that Marshall wouldn’t receive anything further for the crime he may or may not be convicted of. However, if he is in fact found guilty of misdemeanor battery, it may warrant further suspension for Marshall. What do you say nation?