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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It rejected Ong's argument that he would suffer double jeopardy because he was already being tried for a separate graft case in the Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court Branch 282.
The Duffy family say the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's failure to secure a double jeopardy trial in 2016 against Francis Auld was a disgrace.
The consistent application of the double jeopardy principle in war crimes processing is crucial to preventing serious infringements of the constitutional principles of legal certainty and equality before the law, concluded BiH judges and prosecutors at an OSCE-organized peer-to-peer meeting today in Teslic.
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.
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.
And had it not been for his victim's mum and her incredible battle to change the double jeopardy law, the evil killer could still be walking our streets.
If the defendant originally had been charged with capital murder only and was acquitted of that crime, then any attempt by the State to retry him on the same charge would run afoul of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution.
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.
John Renner Dillon thought he'd got away with the rape of a pensioner in 1982, but advances in DNA profiling and testing, and a change in the double jeopardy law, has seen him brought to justice - even though his victim has since died and did not live to see her attacker jailed.