Booth v. State

In Booth v. State, 903 P.2d 1079 (Alaska 1995) the defendant was convicted of assault in the Metlakatla Indian Community. The Court concluded that, if this charge had been prosecuted by the State of Alaska, the double jeopardy clause would have barred a second prosecution. The Court also concluded that AS 12.20.010 was intended to extend this protection against successive prosecution to situations in which separate sovereigns institute the prosecutions. Therefore we held that the statute prohibited the State from pursuing a state prosecution for the same assault.