district attorney


Definition of district attorney

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

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Recent Examples on the Web Deputies in Los Angeles have also been instructed to make fewer arrests, and Sheriff Villanueva asked the district attorney and courts to delay some criminal proceedings. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "‘Jails Are Petri Dishes’: Inmates Freed as the Virus Spreads Behind Bars," 30 Mar. 2020 Sheriffs from across the state, as well as police chiefs are also listed as supporters, alongside district attorneys and mayors of several cities. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You've seen commercials for Marsy's Law. Here's the story behind the proposed Wisconsin constitutional amendment.," 27 Mar. 2020 In San Francisco, the district attorney worked with the public defender to provide guidance on minimizing intakes and maximizing compassionate release of vulnerable populations. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The coronavirus pandemic turns every arrest into a potential death sentence," 24 Mar. 2020 San Francisco Sheriff Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said his office is coordinating with the courts in anticipation of the public defender and district attorney stipulating early releases. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda County approves early release for nearly 250 inmates at Santa Rita Jail," 19 Mar. 2020 In a second unusual provision, the city also agreed to deny any public records request regarding Doolittle’s employment with the city unless ordered to release it by the district attorney or attorney general. oregonlive, "West Linn has paid out $1.4 million in police-related settlements in last decade, records reveal," 17 Mar. 2020 Many of the software programs are used today by the district attorney and juvenile detention departments. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "5 things to know about the Dallas County commissioner primary race," 22 Feb. 2020 More answers might be forthcoming for more families, said Mitch Morrissey, retired Denver district attorney and the co-founder of United Data Connect, a local company that helped authorities identify Clanton and Perea. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Colorado detectives use online DNA databases to solve cold cases," 20 Dec. 2019 Harris and Newsom cut their political teeth in San Francisco, she as district attorney and he as a supervisor and then mayor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California governor: Trump ‘corrupt,’ should be removed," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of district attorney

1789, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2020

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“District attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20attorney. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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