- A mistrial has been declared in the caseof Michael Slager, the Charleston police officer accused of murdering Walter Scott
- Danny Cevallos: Despite the legal principle of double jeopardy, Slager is likely to face two additional trials
- Double jeopardy does not apply to a hung jury, nor does it prevent a case from being brought in separate jurisdictions
Danny Cevallos (@CevallosLaw) is a CNN Legal Analyst and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Before Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer, went on trial for murder in the death of Walter Scott, his lawyers argued their client was the target of "double-teaming" by the state of South Carolina and the federal government. They called the joint investigations -- and the plan for each jurisdiction to pursue charges against Slager -- "chilling" and "unconscionable."