Double jeopardy. Wasn't their a movie about this? Guy frames his wife with his death, she goes to jail and escapes and tracks him down? Tommy Lee Jones was in it.
Yes, the original post, in effect, paraphrases the premise of Double Jeopardy
, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd. Here's the plot summary:
Libby Parsons is happily married to Nick and has a wonderful son, Matty. One day while spending the night on their boat, Libby wakes up and finds Nick gone and blood all over the boat and a bloody knife. When an investigation begins, it's discovered that Nick was financial trouble and had a two million dollar insurance policy. Though claims that she knew nothing about it, she would be convicted and sent to prison. She entrusts Matty to her friend, Angela and it's during one of her calls to Matty that she learns that Nick is alive. And she also learns that since she's already been convicted of killing Nick already, she can kill him and not be charged.
Well, as a lawyer, let me just say: don't try this at home, kids. If a Ashley Judd is convicted of killing her husband who, in truth, is still alive, and Ashley gets out of prison and kills her husband "for real," she would most definitely be charged with and convicted of murder.
Double jeopardy prevents someone from being tried for the same
crime twice. Judd, in other words, couldn't be tried and convicted of killing her husband "for real" twice. But the "fake" murder and the "real" murder are different
crimes, so a conviction for the "real" murder wouldn't involve any double jeopardy at all. This point is so glaringly obvious that only Hollywood could have ignored it.