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Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy

Learn about the constitutional prohibition on being convicted twice for the same crime.

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Double Jeopardy 

This lesson will cover the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, which protects criminal defendants from being tried twice for the same offence. 

When you think about double jeopardy, imagine eating an apple. Each bite of the apple is a separate attempt by the prosecution to convict a defendant for the same alleged offense. Depending on the circumstances, which will be discussed in this lesson, the prosecution may be limited to one bite or, instead, may get...