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double jeopardy:

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in law, condition of a person charged with a crime and thus in danger of punishment. At common law a defendant could be exposed to jeopardy for the same offense only once; exposing a person twice is known as double jeopardy.
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It and double jeopardy laws brought in recently both need to be looked at.
Ljiljana Mijovic, a professor at the Law Faculty of Banja Luka and a former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, said: The substance of the double jeopardy principle is the protection of an individual from legal action for offences for which the person was already adjudicated.
He told the officer there was nothing anyone could do about his guilt because of the double jeopardy law.
In Part II, I will discuss the history of double jeopardy in the United Kingdom and how the murder of Stephen Lawrence spawned an investigative report to overturn the preexisting prohibition against double jeopardy, culminating in its first application against William Dunlop for the murder of Julie Hogg, and most recently, against Stephen Lawrence's killers.
The Scottish Government scrapped the double jeopardy rule, which prevented people standing trial twice for the same offence, last November.
Detective Inspector Nicola Musgrove, who has been involved in the investigation since 2004, said: "This is the first case in Northumbria I'm aware of where there has been a successful outcome using the change in legislation relating to double jeopardy.
The misunderstandings regarding the Double Jeopardy Clause exist because "[t]he riddle of double jeopardy stands out today as one of the most commonly recognized yet most commonly misunderstood maxims in the law, the passage of time having served in the main to burden it with confusion upon confusion.
The rule of double jeopardy is thought to date back at least to the Magna Carta in 1215 during the reign of King John.
As in the United States, (11) the principle of double jeopardy previously provided "absolute" protection for Dunlop.
Summary: A man has been jailed for life after being prosecuted for a second time under new double jeopardy laws for killing his ex-girlfriend.
On October 24, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Kankakee County granting the defendant's motion to dismiss on grounds of double jeopardy.