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Two manslaughter convictions violate double jeopardy (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a man convicted of both common law involuntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter must have one of the charges vacated. The dual convictions violate the double jeopardy clause of the Constitution. In making this finding, the Supreme Court ruled that legislative intent regarding cumulative punishments must be explicit. “There’s a ...