district attorney


Definition of district attorney

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

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His escape came in the middle of Souzer’s trial on a murder charge in juvenile court, said Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Escaped teenager charged in mother’s death recaptured," 12 Apr. 2019 Pennsylvania law allows citizens to file criminal charges, subject to approval by the district attorney. Ramesh Santanam, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutor blocks gun law charges against Pittsburgh mayor," 12 Apr. 2019 Rose’s shooting remains under investigation by the county district attorney. Washington Post, "Mourners: Black teen killed by police more than a hashtag," 25 June 2018 Then-deputy district attorney Marcia Clark, who later became a household name during the O.J. Simpson trial, argued that Bardo was obsessed, not insane. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How Rebecca Schaeffer's Horrific Murder Led to the Nation's First Anti-Stalking Law," 12 Apr. 2019 Stanwyck is arrested for shoplifting, and let out on bail by the New York district attorney (played by Fred MacMurray). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "13 Classic Christmas Movies That Millennials Should Definitely Watch," 6 Dec. 2018 For added measure, the ballot also includes one of the highest-spending races for district attorney in recent memory. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Masked man doing martial arts tries to use ladies' room: Forest Grove police log," 14 May 2018 In the end, charges that Pedro had shot a teenager in the leg outside a New York grocery store in September 2015 were dismissed, with Bronx district attorney Darcel Clark acknowledging that the evidence and witness statements didn't add up. Denise Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Pedro Hernandez, Bail-Reform Poster Boy, Will Have His Remaining Charges Dropped If He Completes a Semester of College," 10 Oct. 2018 And on June 29, Saudi college students Theeb Alyami, 27, and Jaser Daham Alrakah, 25, drowned after they were swept away in the Chicopee River in Wilbraham, according to the Hampden district attorney. Jeremy C. Fox, Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "State officials, families alarmed by spate of drowning deaths," 8 July 2018

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1789, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of district attorney

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district — see also state's attorney

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