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Criminal – Indictment – Res Judicata (access required)

Although the doctrine of res judicata can apply in the criminal context to bar a subsequent action, it does not bar prosecution of this defendant for false pretenses. The principle of res judicata requires that the actions be identical and here, the false pretense charge brought in this case is not identical to the earlier forgery ...