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

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But the term ended without any major shocks to the system, as the justices retained two more significant precedents, one on double jeopardy, the other on deference to administrative agencies. New York Times, "A Supreme Court Term Marked by Shifting Alliances and Surprise Votes," 29 June 2019 Manafort's lawyers are expected to challenge the state case on double jeopardy grounds. CBS News, "Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to mortgage fraud charges," 27 June 2019 The Supreme Court upheld the 'double jeopardy' standard in the United States constitution, but nowhere in the legal arguments did Milwaukee Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas’ name ever come up. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Snubbed in free agency twice, Brewers' Mike Moustakas having All-Star season," 18 June 2019 The ruling rejected arguments that the practice violates the double jeopardy clause in the Bill of Rights, which prohibits more than one prosecution or punishment for the same offense., "Supreme Court rules in Alabama double jeopardy case with possible Manafort ramifications," 17 June 2019 The Constitution’s double jeopardy clause generally forbids subsequent prosecutions. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court affirms exception to double jeopardy in a case with implications for Trump associates," 17 June 2019 Unfortunately, the Court today endorses a colossal exception to this ancient rule against double jeopardy. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent," 20 June 2019 Some states, such as New York, have equitable double jeopardy written into their law. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Supreme Court Was Right to Uphold the Dual-Sovereignty Doctrine," 19 June 2019 Manafort’s attorneys are likely to argue that the state case is a form of double jeopardy, because the mortgage fraud stems from the same conduct that led to the federal case against Manafort. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Manafort moved to facility that used to hold El Chapo," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of double jeopardy

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of double jeopardy

US, law : 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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