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LONDON (AP) _ Prime Minister Tony Blair's government promised to crack down on vandals, litterers and louts and to ``rebalance'' the justice system in favor of victims as Queen Elizabeth II opened a new session of Parliament Wednesday.

Planned legislation for the coming year, outlined in the traditional Queen's Speech to Parliament, will allow juries to be told details of defendants' previous convictions and scrap the ``double jeopardy'' rule under which no one can be tried twice for the same crime.

``At the heart of my government's legislative program is a commitment to reform and rebalance the criminal justice system to deliver justice for all and to safeguard the interests of victims, witnesses and communities,'' said the queen, who sat on a golden throne in the chamber of the House of Lords.