double jeopardy


Definition of double jeopardy

1 : the putting of a person on trial for an offense for which he or she has previously been put on trial under a valid charge : two adjudications for one offense
2 : considerable danger or trouble from two sources

Examples of double jeopardy in a Sentence

constitutional protections against double jeopardy
Recent Examples on the Web An Illinois appellate court has overturned a disorderly conduct conviction against a former youth minister at Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora on the grounds of double jeopardy. Megan Jones,, 11 Sep. 2021 But the protection against double jeopardy only applied to Kentucky’s state criminal justice system. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 The Arizona Court of Appeals subsequently dismissed all charges, ruling that retrying her would amount to double jeopardy. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Furthermore, a form of double jeopardy is at play because the invisible nature of the symptoms results in such conditions already being poorly recognized and misunderstood within the public at large. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 12 May 2021 He can't be tried again for this crime in a Montgomery County State Court because that's the double jeopardy clause. Kc Baker,, 1 July 2021 The lawyer contended in court that a citizen grand jury would expose his client to double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same crime, which isn't allowed in American jurisprudence. Peter Kendall Special To The Washington Post, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Then, a year later, protected by double jeopardy laws, the men admitted the killing of Till, who'd been falsely accused of flirting with a White woman. Sara Sidner And Mallory Simon, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 The lawyer contended in court that a citizen grand jury would expose his client to double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same crime, which isn’t allowed in American jurisprudence. Washington Post, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of double jeopardy

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of double jeopardy was in 1862

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1 Oct 2021

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“Double jeopardy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of double jeopardy

: the act of causing a person to be put on trial two times for the same crime

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Legal Definition of double jeopardy

: the prosecution of a person for an offense for which he or she has already been prosecuted — see also jeopardy — compare merger sense 3

Note: The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states that no person shall “be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The double jeopardy clause bars second prosecutions after either acquittal or conviction, and prohibits multiple punishments for the same offense.

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