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in law, condition of a person charged with a crime and thus in danger of punishment. At common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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 a defendant could be exposed to jeopardy for the same offense only once; exposing a person twice is known as double jeopardy. Double jeopardy is prohibited in federal and state courts by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The concept refers to an offense, not to an act giving rise to an offense; therefore, it is possible to try a person for multiple violations arising from a single act (e.g., assault, attempted murder, and carrying a deadly weapon). Jeopardy does not exist until the juryjury,
body convened to make decisions of fact in legal proceedings. Development of the Modern Jury

Historians do not agree on the origin of the English jury.
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 is sworn in, or, if there is no jury, until evidence is introduced. The prohibition of double jeopardy does not preclude a second trial if the first court lacked jurisdiction (authority), if there was error in the proceedings, or if the jury could not reach a verdict. Additionally, an offense is potentially subject to separate prosecutions in federal and state courts. A similar principle, known as res judicata, operates in civil suits. It holds that once a civil case has been finally decided on the merits the same parties can not litigate it again. In England and Wales, revisions to criminal law that took effect in 2005 now permit the Court of Appeal to order a person acquitted of a crime to be retried if there is "new and compelling" evidence.
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Law danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offence
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I did not wish to jeopardize the advantages of so great a discovery which might be useful to many people, "to a goodly number of the human race," in Erik's words; and I left the cellars of the Opera after carefully replacing the stone.
"On the contrary, it would cost Marylanders tens of millions of dollars, weaken our regulatory enforcement laws, jeopardize tobacco settlement funds that the state relies on, endanger taxpayers' security and potentially impact the job security of dozens of hard-working enforcement agents who protect consumers at the pump, crack down on cigarette smuggling, regulate alcohol and go after tax cheats."
He warned that any delay in hospitalization and treatment of Nawaz Sharif can jeopardize his health.
Al-Othaimeen added, "The targeting of giant oil tankers passing through Bab Al-Mandab does not only jeopardize the global economy, but also jeopardizes the safety of crews and seriously damages the marine environment as such aggression could cause large quantities of oil leaking which threatens maritime environment with pollution".
Attahiru Jega, has identified some dangerous signs which he said can jeopardize the conduct of next year's general election.
Joanne Wilkinson: "It would be a disgrace if other groups who don't follow rules and procedures jeopardize a group that is acting lawfully."
MUZAFFARABAD -- Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said Indian forces violations at the Line of Control would jeopardize the peace of the entire region.
Summary: "We reject any attempts that would jeopardize the security in the Kurdistan Region," the statement.
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Brock wrote that he exercised "editorial restraint" because "advance reporting on the project could jeopardize one of the largest white-collar job announcements in state history."