Autrefois attaint

AUTREFOIS ATTAINT, crim. law. Formerly attainted.
     2. This is a good plea in bar, where a second trial would be quite superfluous. Co. Litt. 390 b, note 2; 4 Bl. Com. 336. Where, therefore, any advantage either to public justice, or private individuals, would arise from a second prosecution, the plea will not prevent it; as where the criminal is indicted for treason after an attainder of felony, in which case the punishment will be more severe and more extensive. 3 Chit. Cr. Law, 464.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(45) Those pleas include autrefois acquit, (46) autrefois convict, (47) autrefois attaint, (48) and former pardon.
(48) See generally Hale, supra note 33, at *251--54 (discussing the historical application of the common law pleas of autrefois convict and autrefois attaint).