double jeopardy definition by Webster's New World
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Law the jeopardy in which a defendant is placed by a second prosecution for the same offense or crime; prohibited by the U.S. Constitution
double jeopardy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The act of putting a person through a second trial for an offense for which he or she has already been prosecuted or convicted.
double jeopardy - Cultural Definition
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Trying a person twice in the same jurisdiction for the same crime, a practice prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. (See due process of law.)
double jeopardy - Legal Definition
The fact or risk of being prosecuted more than once for the same (or substantially the same) offense. Double jeopardy is prohibited by the United States Constitution; however, separate proceedings under state and federal law for offenses arising out of the same incident do not constitute double jeopardy (for example, a state trial for murder and a federal trial for deprivation of civil liberties involving the same killing).