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Collateral Estoppel Definition

Collateral estoppel prevents the government or defendant from relitigating an issue that the court has already decided. Collateral estoppel prevents either party from re-raising legal or factual issues that have already been ruled upon by a judge.

For example, suppose a judge denies a prosecutor’s motion requesting relief, such as the admission of evidence. In that case, the issue cannot be brought up again before the same judge unless the facts, law, or circumstances have changed.

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