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Double Jeopardy

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If someone has been tried for once for a certain offense, don’t expect to see their name again on different court records, being tried for the same crime.  This is thanks to the concept of double jeopardy.  The 5th Amendment of The United States Constitution contains a provision stating “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.”  From this provision came the legal concept of double jeopardy.

Double jeopardy means being prosecuted twice for the same offense.  In the US legal system, because of the  5th Amendment, individuals … Read More