Black SplatDouble Jeopardy (1999)

"I could shoot you in the middle of Mardi Gras, and they can’t touch me."

Double Jeopardy - Ashley Judd as Libby Parsons

Description: Ashley Judd as Libby Parsons talks to her philandering husband in the motion picture Double Jeopardy (1999).

In the film, Elizabeth "Libby" Parsons is sent to prison when her husband fakes his death and frames her for his murder. In prison, Libby meets an inmate named Evelyn Lake who says, "So, you're the rich-bitch who snuffed her husband?" Libby replies, "No, I didn't..." Evelyn responds "It's okay. He probably had it coming. Mine did."

While working in the prison kitchen, coworker Margaret Skolowski informs Libby of a statue in the law that might help her situation.

Margaret Skolowski: Ever hear of Double Jeopardy? Fifth Amendment to the constitution?
Libby Parsons: No.
Margaret Skolowski: It says no person can be convicted of the same crime twice, the state says you already killed your husband right? So, when you get out of here, you track him down, and you can kill him. You can walk up to him in Times Square put a gun to his head and pull the fucking trigger and there's nothing they can do about it! Kinda makes you feel all warm and tingly inside don't it?

When Libby discovers her husband is alive and well in New Orleans, she breaks out of jail and hunts him down. On her trail is veteran law enforcement officer Travis Lehman (Tommy Lee Jones), who, at first, disbelieves Libby's allegation that she is innocent, but little by little the facts add up in her favor and Travis joins forces with her to bring her husband to justice.

Libby Parsons: She just skipped town!
Travis Lehman: Yeah, and with your husband who isn't dead because you didn't kill him? Bullshit.
Libby Parsons: Alright, I admit it, I killed him. I chopped him up into little bits, and I threw them piece by piece into the Pacific. Are you satisfied?
Travis Lehman: No! No, you were a hell of a lot closer to your kid three days ago than you are today! All you had to do was wait three years, that's it! You fucking idiot!
Libby Parsons: You cannot know what it's like to sit in prison for six years and think of nothing else in the world but your son. Did I make the right choice? You asked the wrong question, Lehman, I didn't have a choice! Fuck your curfew!

With the help of Travis, who poses as a blackmailer, Libby intimidates Nick with the “double jeopardy” feature of the law, and says, "I don't want to kill you, Nick, I just want you to suffer, like it did." Now in the driver's seat, Libby forces him to return custody of her child. Nick agrees, but then pulls out a gun and shoots and wounds Travis. To save both their lives, Libby shoots and kills her husband.

In the end, Travis agrees to help Libby get pardoned, and Libby finally embraces her son, Matty (now eleven) whom Nick sent to a boarding school in Georgia.

NOTE: In the movie Foxy Brown (1974), Pam Grier as vigilante Foxy Brown says, "Death is too easy for you, bitch. I want you to suffer."

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