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double jeopardy

noun, Law.
1.
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.
Origin of double jeopardy
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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  • When the marine force was raised, the marines were also given protection from double jeopardy.

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double jeopardy

noun
1.
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

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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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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