dual sovereignty doctrine

noun

: a doctrine holding that more than one sovereign (as a state government and the federal government) may prosecute an individual without violating the prohibition against double jeopardy if the individual's act breaks the laws of each sovereignty

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“Dual sovereignty doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/dual%20sovereignty%20doctrine. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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