No. 86-6.

483 U.S. 1 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 22, 1987

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William J. Schafer III argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief were Robert K. Corbin, Attorney General of Arizona, and Jack Roberts, Assistant Attorney General.

Roy T. Englert, Jr., argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. On the brief were Solicitor General Fried, Assistant Attorney General Weld, Deputy Solicitor General Bryson, Charles A. Rothfeld, and Kathleen A. Felton.

Timothy K. Ford argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question for decision is whether the Double Jeopardy Clause bars the prosecution of respondent for first-degree murder following his breach of a plea agreement under which he had pleaded guilty to a lesser offense, had been sentenced, and had begun serving a term of imprisonment. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the prosecution of respondent violated double jeopardy principles and directed the...

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