autrefois acquit

Definition of "autrefois acquit"
  1. A plea made by a defendant asserting that they have previously faced trial for, and were exonerated of, the same crime
How to use "autrefois acquit" in a sentence
  1. The defendant invoked the doctrine of autrefois acquit, claiming he had already been cleared of the charges.
  2. To avoid the issue of double jeopardy, the attorney highlighted the legal principle of autrefois acquit in their argument.
  3. After showing the court records of the previous trial, the defense lawyer declared autrefois acquit, stating that the client had already been acquitted of these charges.

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