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]
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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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One scholar explained the issue of "twice in jeopardy" as follows: "Although courts often speak of when jeopardy attaches, this attachment metaphor misleads to the extent that it implies that there is one key moment rather than two.
Current law resolves this by focusing on the beginning and end of a case: when jeopardy attaches and how the case concludes.
The Court has approached this question by asking when jeopardy attaches, but a more precise analysis would bifurcate this inquiry.

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