district attorney


Definition of district attorney

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

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The Manhattan district attorney picked up an aspect of the case, issuing subpoenas in August to the Trump Organization about the money paid to Daniels as part of an inquiry into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records. Anchorage Daily News, "Congressional Dems to probe Trump’s alleged role in scheme to silence affair accusations," 3 Sep. 2019 Several district attorneys have made these lists or databases central to their agendas while lawsuits in several states call for the list to be public. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Criminal justice reform turns to list of problem officers," 1 Sep. 2019 New Yorkers encountered multiple acts of civil disobedience—the blocking of major roadways, the taking over of Grand Central Station—after the Staten Island district attorney failed to secure an indictment against Pantaleo back in 2014. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "New Yorkers Should Thank Police for the Summer “Slowdown”," 30 Aug. 2019 The plea agreement was offered by the court -- without prosecutors' consent -- because the defendants pleaded guilty to the entire indictment, the district attorney said. Ray Sanchez And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Ex-NYPD detectives to get probation for having sex with young woman in custody," 29 Aug. 2019 Two men who police announced last Wednesday were booked on suspicion of murder in separate San Francisco killings are out of jail and one man had his case discharged, the district attorney said. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Two men booked on suspicion of murder in San Francisco are released from jail," 29 Aug. 2019 However, it was announced last week that the county’s district attorney has commenced an investigation into allegations of harassment and financial improprieties. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: A cosmetics conundrum: a stranger in a strange land," 28 Aug. 2019 The district attorney and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "Pedestrian struck by Brockton police cruiser dies," 24 Aug. 2019 The board’s approved new language is non-binding, with the district attorney endorsing the measure. Fox News, "San Francisco board rebrands 'convicted felon' as 'justice-involved person,' sanitizes other crime lingo," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of district attorney

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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