double jeopardy


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double jeopardy

n.
1. The prosecution of a person a second time for the same offense, prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.
2. Risk of loss or injury arising from two sources at the same time.

double jeopardy

n
(Law) the act of prosecuting a defendant a second time for an offence for which he or she has already been tried

dou′ble jeop′ardy


n.
the act of prosecuting a person a second time for the same offense: prohibited by the Fifth Amendment.
[1910]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.double jeopardy - the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried; prohibited in the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution
criminal prosecution, prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Despite these issues, it seems likely that this exception will apply since the court is likely to adopt all the Fifth Amendment double jeopardy caselaw once it determines the constitutional right applies to military members.
Pete Beirne, a retired detective recruited by police to investigate unsolved crimes, said after the trial: "This is the first time using double jeopardy legislation that new forensic evidence has been used to secure a conviction, so it's very significant.
THE principle of double jeopardy, which prevented an accused person being tried twice for the same crime, was done away with in 2005.
6) Barred from re-indicting Dunlop for homicide by the historic common law prohibition on double jeopardy, (7) the Crown prosecution took the "unusual" step of charging him with perjury.
Claiming double jeopardy, Reynolds argued he couldn't be tried again for the felonies, and the district attorney's office said the charges were downgraded because of the double jeopardy issue.
Julie's mum successfully campaigned against the 800-year-old double jeopardy law which led to Dunlop finally facing justice at the Old Bailey.
AMANDA Duffy's alleged killer is set to face fresh prosecution under double jeopardy laws.
Then you get that double jeopardy where you start to think 'Well, he knows we might do this or do that'.
s double jeopardy laws prohibit an individual from being tried twice for the same offense, believes Los Angeles attorney Mychal Wilson.
Secondly, and notwithstanding the removal of double jeopardy which prevents a person of interest being submitted to a second (or subsequent) trial for the same offence, surely the removal of any double jeopardy rule is bad for justice in the sense that prosecutors realise that, irrespective of the strength of any case, they can prosecute a person of interest again, and again, and again until the judge and/or jury accept a low standard of proof in order to convict an accused person.
But the Chhokar family hope his killers will finally be brought to justice following the Lawrence trial verdict and the scrapping of Scotland's double jeopardy laws.