consent decree


Definition of consent decree

: a judicial decree that sanctions a voluntary agreement between parties in dispute

Examples of consent decree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That prospect is particularly worrisome in this election cycle, the first presidential election since the expiration of a nearly 40-year-old federal consent decree that prevented intimidating practices in the name of ballot security. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Blame Trump for debate chaos and disinformation," 30 Sep. 2020 For 39 years, the city’s fire and police departments were under a federal consent decree for discriminatory hiring practices affecting Black and female applicants. Matt Vasilogambros, USA TODAY, "How catastrophic floods are making it harder for Black communities to vote," 25 Sep. 2020 The 2014 modification, approved by the EPA as an amendment to a federal court consent decree, also called for improvements to the wall to better contain wastewater at the site. NBC news, "A growing toxic threat — made worse by climate change," 24 Sep. 2020 The union and city officials have been divided on police disciplinary issues at a time when the FOP has also voiced opposition to a federal consent decree aimed at overhauling how the city’s historically troubled police force operates. Gregory Pratt,, "City Hall, police union’s new leadership at odds in contract negotiations," 16 Sep. 2020 Glenn Ivey was the Prince George’s state’s attorney in the 2000s, as the police department was mandated to reform under a federal consent decree. Washington Post, "This majority-Black D.C. suburb instituted police reforms years ago. It’s trying again.," 9 Sep. 2020 The monitor overseeing the 2015 consent decree announced Thursday that his team will take a critical look at the police response and use of force incidents used during the protest. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Man who lost eye to police-fired bean bag round during Cleveland’s George Floyd protests: ‘I did not deserve this’," 18 June 2020 Garcia said the city's response filed Friday referred to Detroit police policies since the end of the consent decree. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit lawyers say protesters conspired to disrupt peace and damage property," 25 Sep. 2020 Miller and Joehl said the consent decree does not mark the end of the fight to ensure accessible voting for the vision-impaired, and Bowman said legislative action will be necessary for the changes to be permanent. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "Virginia agrees to make mail-in voting accessible to blind voters who sued," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of consent decree

1904, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Consent decree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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