I just watched the movie Fracture, and have a legal question about this. In case you have not seen the movie, Anthony Hopkins shoots his wife in the face and is charged with attempted murder. However he has hidden and manipulated the evidence in such a way that the judge grants an order for directed acquittal. Afterward, Hopkins orders the plugged pulled on his wife. Soon after the prosecutor discovers new evidence, and Hopkins confesses the murder to him, knowing that he cannot be charged for the second time twice. However, he was charged with attempted murder the first time…the movie ends with him being charged with murder now that his wife is actually dead.
My question is, is this legal? I thought the movie was great; IANAL but this seems like double jeopardy to me.