double jeopardy

noun

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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Notable cases ahead focus on excessive fines, criminal double jeopardy and iPhone app sales. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "The Kavanaugh Confirmation: What Happens Now," 6 Oct. 2018 Gamble argues that the constitutional prohibition against double jeopardy is deeply rooted in English common law, which allowed individuals acquitted by foreign courts to raise their acquittals as a defense in British courts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Supreme Court Gamble," 5 Dec. 2018 But unlike a court of law where a not guilty verdict cannot be retried, Title IX investigations do allow double jeopardy. Fox News, "Larry Kudlow on trade with China, North Korea talks," 31 May 2018 In another major case, the court will review a Prohibition-era precedent that allows the federal government and states to try a person for the same offense despite the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place," 30 Sep. 2018 While prosecutors filed a motion in protest that eventually led Ellis to tell jurors to disregard some of his comments, prosecutors have little other recourse if Manafort is acquitted because of the principle of double jeopardy. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Manafort, defense team 'very happy' after jury fails to reach verdict in third day of deliberations," 21 Aug. 2018 Because of rules against double jeopardy, the pair — who have since died — were never tried again, despite their confession of guilt. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 Years later, the men admitted to the killing, but due to double jeopardy laws, were protected from being tried again. Jasmine Hardy, Essence.com, "New Intel Prompts U.S. Government To Reopen Emmett Till Investigation," 12 July 2018 Even worse, we are also wired to conserve energy—that is, be lazy—creating a metabolic double jeopardy. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018

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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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double jeopardy

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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

double jeopardy

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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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