district attorney


Definition of district attorney 

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

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The criminal charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney’s office in May were the first such charges that Mr. Weinstein faced. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Latest Sex-Crime Charges," 9 July 2018 The Brooklyn district attorney’s office moved an open-file discovery system years ago. New York Times, "Manhattan District Attorney Demands Access to Police Records," 8 July 2018 The district attorney’s office didn’t immediately respond to McClatchy’s request for comment Friday. Crystal Hill, sacbee, "Pregnant woman had boyfriend punch her in stomach, cops say. It may not be a crime.," 29 June 2018 The district attorney’s office was not consulted about the decision to trash the evidence, and prosecutors weren’t given a list after the fact. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018 The sheriff’s office later took over the case from the San Antonio Police Department, filing the charge against the deputy with the district attorney’s office in June 2016. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "DA dismissed charge against deputy," 12 June 2018 Investigators recovered a hypodermic needle and empty wax packets from the man, whose identity was not released by the district attorney’s office. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Delco DA: Convicted drug dealer traded fatal dose of heroin for Playstation 4," 11 June 2018 Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said a report on the fire has been turned over to the Yolo County district attorney’s office. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 The district attorney’s office has not made a determination on that point. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 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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