Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Pierre Martin's definition of double jeopardy (can't charge a person twice with the same crime) is the typical misunderstanding of the double jeopardy rule. For example, if Mr. X is convicted of murding Mrs. X in 1985 but she turns up alive and well and he kills her in 1995, he cannot be recharged with the 1985 murder, but he can be charged with the 1995 murder. This false belief of the definition of the double jeopardy law is perpetuated by films such as Double Jeopardy starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, where the character of Travis states that Libby cannot be charged for killing the husband she was convicted of seven years earlier. This can be found in part 11(h,i) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Pierre Martin: See you in court, Serpico. Serpico is a well-known name in detective television circles. Pierre calls Len that after informing him he will sue him for wrongful arrest for the years-earlier murder of Randy Bettinger, which it turns out never happened.