district attorney


Definition of district attorney

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

Examples of district attorney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Werksman, in an interview, questioned why the L.A. district attorney was hurrying to get his client to L.A. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Judge gives Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys 30 days to challenge extradition to L.A.," 30 Apr. 2021 Dufty sent O’Malley a letter on Thursday afternoon, requesting that the district attorney prosecute Pirone. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family of Oscar Grant plans recall campaign against Alameda County DA," 30 Apr. 2021 The district attorney did not disclose any details of what allegedly transpired or who was involved. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "No charges after investigation into alleged date rape drugging, DA announces," 29 Apr. 2021 However, under state law, the district attorney would have to agree to let another prosecutor step in. Time, "N.C. Judge Refuses to Release Body Cam Footage of Deputies Killing Black Man," 29 Apr. 2021 Handelman says having a progressive prosecutor like Schmidt as district attorney doesn’t eliminate the conflict of interest disappear. oregonlive, "Oregon AG and Multnomah County DA expected to jointly investigate fatal police shooting of Robert Delgado in Lents Park," 29 Apr. 2021 Victor Serriteno was arrested by Vacaville police in September and charged with murder in Castro's death, and prosecutors will file to add two more murder charges and arson charges, the district attorney said. NBC News, "California wildfire that killed 2 was started to cover up murder, officials say," 29 Apr. 2021 In his opposition of the public release of the video, Womble urged that the footage only be made public if it was submitted as evidence in a criminal trial or in a news conference where the district attorney could present his own findings. Washington Post, "Body-camera footage of N.C. deputies fatally shooting Black man will not be released to the public, judge rules," 28 Apr. 2021 The district attorney would have a chance to oppose the request. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Bill would give some Alabama inmates under habitual offender law chance for new sentence," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of district attorney

1789, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“District attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/district%20attorney. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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