While it is my opinion that Loughner deserves to be put to death for his actions, I do agree to this outcome if all relevant victims agree since it releases them from years of legal conflict. However, I do have concerns about one legal point- the fact that the act committed was in violation of federal laws, which this trial was all about, and also in violation of State laws, which Loughner can possibly be tried for, seemingly placing him in jeopardy twice for his crime in direct contradiction of amendment V of the US Constitution. Can anyone explain to me why this is not so?
We don’t follow the Constitution in this country.
This plea agreement resolves the federal charges, such as murder and attempted murder of federal employees, that the state cannot bring. There remain viable state charges that have not been brought, such as murder of the 9 year old. The Constitution says that you can’t be tried twice for the same crime. It doesn’t say that you can’t be tried twice concerning the same “event.”. This creep, like the one in Aurora, CO - racked up multiple crimes for the same event - a mass shooting - and he could be tried for them all.