freedom from double jeopardy


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Noun1.freedom from double jeopardy - a civil right guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
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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At his second trial, the defendant was tried and convicted of first degree murder, but again on appeal the Supreme Court held that the second trial violated the defendant's Fifth Amendment right to freedom from double jeopardy because the second trial put the defendant twice in jeopardy for the same offense, first degree murder.

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