district attorney


Definition of district attorney 

: the prosecuting officer of a judicial district

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City of Asheville via AP In March, the district attorney for Asheville had brought criminal charges against Hickman for assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Ex-Asheville cop won't face federal charges in violent arrest of black jaywalker," 29 June 2018 The officer who fired the deadly shot will likely not face charges after the local district attorney opted not to prosecute him. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Gamers involved in December’s “swatting” death just got indicted," 24 May 2018 Some protestors have also called for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to cede control of the investigation to the state district attorney. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The Pittsburgh Police Officer Who Shot Antwon Rose Has Been Charged With Criminal Homicide," 27 June 2018 In the open and highly competitive Seventh District in the Lehigh Valley, the Democratic primary featured a progressive minister backed by Bernie Sanders’s Our Revolution organization and a near-conservative district attorney with high name ID. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Primary Roundup: Big Victories for Women and Progressives," 16 May 2018 The Santa Clara County Superior Court judge will reportedly be replaced by Cindy Hendrickson, an assistant district attorney who had supported the recall effort. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Another #MeToo Win: Californians Recall Judge in Brock Turner Rape Case," 6 June 2018 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

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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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