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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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 But his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kevin Brady, argued that the sentencing could not go forward under a legal principle called collateral estoppel, which is akin to double jeopardy. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Serial rapist to be sentenced after authorities solve name mystery," 2 July 2018 Gamble's lawyers said the foundations for those earlier rulings began to crumble in 1969 when the Supreme Court ruled that the double jeopardy provision, originally meant to be a check on federal power, also applied to the states. NBC News, "Supreme Court agrees to take up double jeopardy issue," 28 June 2018 The New York attorney general’s office has repeatedly asked the state legislature to revise the New York criminal code’s double jeopardy provisions to ensure that the recipient of a federal pardon can still be prosecuted for violations of state law. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 4 biggest political stories of the week, explained," 1 June 2018 In a motion, Manafort had argued that the false-statement charges amounted to double jeopardy, charging him twice for the same offense of lying to the government. CBS News, "Judge denies motion to toss lying charges against Manafort," 26 May 2018 The current law and the concept of double jeopardy in general mean that a person cannot be tried for the same crime twice. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "New York AG Calls for Closing Presidential Pardon Loophole," 18 Apr. 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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double jeopardy

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English Language Learners Definition of double jeopardy

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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