double jeopardy

noun Law.
the subjecting of a person to a second trial or punishment for the same offense for which the person has already been tried or punished.

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World English Dictionary
double jeopardy
the act of prosecuting a defendant a second time for an offence for which he has already been tried

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double jeopardy definition

Trying a person twice in the same jurisdiction for the same crime, a practice prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. (See due process of law.)

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Example sentences
Were impeachment a criminal process, this would be a violation of the double jeopardy clause.
They argue that background checks are unfairly hurting people and leaving them in double jeopardy.
Prior to trial, the defense made a motion to dismiss on grounds of double jeopardy.
Appellant's attorney objected to the state's prosecution of appellant on these charges based on double jeopardy.
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