former jeopardy

Definition of "former jeopardy"
  1. A defense in a legal setting based on the principle that a person cannot be tried for a crime they have already been acquitted or convicted of
How to use "former jeopardy" in a sentence
  1. The defense attorney argued that trying the defendant for the same crime would invoke the principle of former jeopardy.
  2. If a person is acquitted of a crime, they are protected from being tried again due to the rule of former jeopardy.
  3. To prevent the same person from being punished twice for the same crime, the principle of former jeopardy is applied.

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