Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce: The Tried Assassin
The Tried Assassin
AN Assassin being put upon trial in a New England court, his Counsel rose and said: "Your Honour, I move for a discharge on the ground of 'once in jeopardy': my client has been already tried for that murder and acquitted."
"In what court?" asked the Judge.
"In the Superior Court of San Francisco," the Counsel replied.
"Let the trial proceed - your motion is denied," said the Judge. "An Assassin is not in jeopardy when tried in California."