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Double Jeopardy Rule

EDM number 819 in 1999-00, proposed by Stephen Ladyman on 08/06/2000.

That this House notes that the Home Affairs Committee, in its Third Report, has recommended a relaxation of the double jeopardy rule under certain conditions; respects the opinions of the committee and understands the concerns that have led to them but believes their recommendation to be deeply flawed; notes that protection against double jeopardy dated from Roman times and is a fundamental protection for the individual citizen and any relaxation, however well motivated or restricted, would undermine this essential safeguard against wrongful conviction; believes that its relaxation may allow some apparent injustices to be addressed in the short term but would lead to far more and far greater injustices in the long term; and calls on the Government, when it considers this matter, to reject calls for any change to the law in this regard.

This motion has been signed by a total of 8 MPs.

Stephen Ladyman08/06/2000South ThanetLabourProposed
Peter Pike08/06/2000BurnleyLabourSigned
Jonathan R Shaw08/06/2000Chatham & AylesfordLabourSigned
Robert Marshall-Andrews12/06/2000MedwayLabourSigned
Rudi Vis15/06/2000Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Alan Simpson21/06/2000Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Denzil Davies10/07/2000LlanelliLabourSigned
John McDonnell27/07/2000Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned

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