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State v. Hoover 2015 ME 109

Justia Opinion Summary

Defendant pleaded guilty in federal court to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Before sentencing, a state grand jury indicted Defendant on thirteen counts of gross sexual assault. Defendant pleaded not guilty to all of the gross sexual assault charges. After the federal district court sentenced Defendant, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the State's indictments for gross sexual assault, arguing that the State's prosecution subjected him to double jeopardy. The trial court denied the motion to dismiss. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding (1) even if the State's current prosecution subjects Defendant to the risk of being punished twice for the same conduct, such duplicative punishment is constitutional when, as in this case, the punishments are imposed by separate sovereigns; and (2) there is no evidence to sustain Defendant's contention that an exception to the "dual sovereignty" doctrine of double jeopardy jurisprudence applied in this case.

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