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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.
1905-10 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for double jeopardy
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for double jeopardy

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 in Culture

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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