5th Amendment

The Impact of the Separate Sovereigns Doctrine on Current Events

The Impact of the Separate Sovereigns Doctrine on Current Events

Most people have heard of someone “pleading the 5th” in  connection with a criminal investigation. This right arises under the 5th Amendment, which prohibits someone for being prosecuted twice for the same alleged criminal activity. However, many people are not as familiar with the Separate Sovereigns Doctrine, which permits the same alleged criminal activity to be prosecuted by both a state court and a federal court.