State v. Grayhurst

852 A.2d 491 (2004)

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State v. Grayhurst

Rhode Island Supreme Court
852 A.2d 491 (2004)

  • Written by Haley Gintis, JD

Facts

In 1998, Jane Grayhurst was granted two no-contact orders against her ex-husband, Michael R. Grayhurst (defendant). Although Grayhurst was incarcerated, he violated the no-contact orders by sending Jane mail from the facility. After one of the letters Grayhurst sent had threats against Jane and other public officials, Jane contacted law enforcement to report the violations. The State of Rhode Island (plaintiff) charged Grayhurst with multiple counts of violating the no-contact orders, extortion and blackmail, and stalking. Additionally, the state charged Grayhurst with multiple counts of threats to public officials, assault on a uniformed officer, and obstructing a police officer. The second set of charges were in response to Grayhurst yelling obscenities at a family-court judge and attacking a deputy sheriff during a courtroom proceeding involving the marital domicile. Grayhurst was convicted on the multiple charges. Grayhurst appealed on the ground that the convictions violated the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Williams, C.J.)

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