First conviction since double jeopardy law was scrapped

UK man convicted of a murder for the same crime for which he was acquitted seven years ago

In 2005, UK politicians voted to do away with 800 years of common law legal tradition and scrap the notion of double jeopardy—the concept that you can’t be tried twice for the same crime. Now a London man has become the first person to be convicted of a murder for which he had been previously acquitted. Mario Celaire, who killed an ex-girlfriend in 2002, has a long history of violence. And since his first trial he was convicted of attacking another ex with a hammer.

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