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Law exposure of a defendant to a second prosecution for the same offense or crime: prohibited by the U.S. Constitution
- The prosecution of a person a second time for the same offense, prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.
- Risk of loss or injury arising from two sources at the same time.
- A round of questioning or other situation where the possible gains and/or losses from choices are magnified.
Named after double jeopardy, the legal concept, in the quiz show Jeopardy!
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).