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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
United States v. Dixon
Citation:509 U.S. 688, 113 S.Ct. 2849, 125 L.Ed.2d 556 (1993)
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While out on bail, Dixon (defendant) was arrested and indicted for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. A condition of Dixon’s pre-trial release was to not commit any criminal offense; he was accordingly found guilty of contempt of court. Dixon then moved to dismiss the cocaine indictment on double jeopardy grounds.
Pursuant to a civil protection order, Foster (defendant) was ordered not to molest, assault, threaten or abuse his wife. Foster’s wife later sought to have him held in contempt for numerous violations, for which he was convicted. He was later indicted for assault, threatening to injure, and assault with intent to kill. Foster moved to dismiss the indictment on double jeopardy grounds.
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