You and I have a right not to be placed in double jeopardy.
Double jeopardy means "double danger".
It is a right not to be placed in danger of being punished again.
Double jeopardy is a concept common in criminal law.
But double jeopardy did not emanate in criminal law.
In criminal law, if an accused is acquitted, he cannot be tried again for that same offense.
Otherwise, he will be placed in "double jeopardy."
I read and learned from a decision of the Supreme Court that the concept of double jeopardy traces its origin from the Bible.
I learned that in the Old Testament book of Nahum 1:12 the Lord God said: "Although I have afflicted thee O Judah, I will afflict thee no more."
In other words, the Lord promised that after He has punished, he does not intended to place Judah in deouble jeopardy of being punished again.
So too, it was during the time of Noah, also in the old testament.
The Lord commanded Noah to build an Ark because the Lord will punish the Earth that was filled with sin.
After "cleansing" the Earth, the Lord promised not to flood the Earth again.
Let me quote the book of Genesis chapter 6 verse 21: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done."
To my mind, it was the Lord that introduced the concept of double jeopardy.
So it is a basic Christian belief that once punished, a person is not to be punished again for the same act.
I raise this because I have a client whose son was penalized by his school with a one-week suspension.
The student had a confrontation with his teacher, which resulted in the student throwing one of the classroom chairs onto a window.
While serving the suspension, the student-son received another order placing him under "preventive" suspension while an investigation is on-going, which investigation may result in punishing the student with expulsion.
The investigation is for the same act or offense committed by the student.
I told the school authorities that what it is doing is violating the student's right not to be in danger of being punished twice for the same act or offense.
I think the school blinked, because the father told me the school authorities want his son to go back to school after serving the first penalty of suspension.
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