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When a criminal defendant may not be tried a second time for the same crime where the prosecution failed to convict through no fault of the defendant.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
double jeopardy (noun)
1.
the putting of a person on trial for an offense for which he or she has previously been put on trial under a valid charge two adjudications for one offense
2.
considerable danger or trouble from two sources
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