Appeals court says accused cop killer’s federal charges aren’t double jeopardy

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Roberto Miramontes Roman leaves court after the jury was excused to deliberate on the verdict, Friday, August 17, 2012. (Courtroom pool photo via Scott Sommerdorf, Salt Lake Tribune)

DENVER — A federal appeals court has ruled that an accused cop killer’s latest round of charges do not amount to double jeopardy.

In a short ruling handed down Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Roberto Roman’s federal charges will stand, despite him being acquitted of aggravated murder charges in state court.

Roman was charged in connection with the 2012 death of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox, but acquitted by a jury at trial. The U.S. Attorney’s Office then filed charges that included killing a law enforcement officer while fleeing apprehension.

Read the 10th Circuit Court’s ruling here:


  • bob

    Tried twice for the same crime. The government says that’s not double-jeopardy.

    Yes, let’s trust the government with our Constitutional rights. I’m sure they’ll take good care of it.


      Is there a resonable option Bob? The majority of voters tend to support our liberal leaders in power.


    Roberto Roman had confessed to killing Josie Fox. Never mind that he was an illegal alien that had been deported multiple times and had an extensive criminal records. He got away with murder according to the judge.


      Did you read the double jeopardy section of their ruling where they reference the dual sovereignty doctrine which was ruled on earlier by the US Supreme Court? The court got it right.

      • Garth

        being tried for the same crime which you were already acquitted IS double jeopardy, just because it is state vs fed doesn’t make a difference. SCOTUS is wrong – just like changing Obamacare, like Heller, like so many other cases where WE THE PEOPLE understand what the Constitution says AND means.


        Normally I’d agree with you but in this specific case I’m glad the Feds will get a second chance at convicting an illegal alien who admitted to the murder. And yes, I think O.J. Simpson got away with murder.

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