United States v. Male Juvenile

280 F.3d 1008 (2002)

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United States v. Male Juvenile

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
280 F.3d 1008 (2002)

Facts

Pierre Y. (defendant) was a Native American juvenile. The Fort Peck Tribal Police (the police) detained Pierre for breaking into Kae Spottedbull’s house and stealing her property. Pierre confessed. Later, the police detained Pierre for breaking into Derek Bridges’ house and stealing his property. Pierre confessed. Pierre was tried in the Fort Peck Tribal Court Youth Court (the tribal court) for breaking into Spottedbull’s house and stealing her property. The tribal court found that Pierre was guilty and sentenced him to 90 days for theft and 90 days for burglary, to be served consecutively. Two months later, the United States (plaintiff) charged Pierre in federal district court with two counts of juvenile delinquency in relation to breaking into Spottedbull’s house and stealing her property and breaking into Bridges’ house and stealing his property. The court found that Pierre committed both break-ins and adjudged him to be a juvenile delinquent. The federal trial court sentenced Pierre to 24 months in custody. Pierre appealed. One of his arguments was that the federal prosecution in federal district court violated the Fifth Amendment prohibition against double jeopardy because he had already been tried and convicted for theft and burglary of Spottedbull’s house and property.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brunetti, J.)

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