federal case


Definition of federal case 

: big deal don't make a federal case out of it

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Bond and Golden filed court papers to intervene in the federal case Wednesday. Marina Villeneuve, The Seattle Times, "Judge, ballot counters in race to finish in Maine election," 14 Nov. 2018 Manafort had previously challenged the scope of the special counsel’s authority and appointment and asked to have his federal cases in the District and Virginia tossed. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "Paul Manafort asks U.S. judge to bar evidence at trial from his former lobbying disclosure attorney," 10 July 2018 Since then, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to join the federal lawsuit, Huntington Beach filed its own, and Fountain Valley signed on to a law group's brief supporting the federal case. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport Beach is the latest city to fight California 'sanctuary state' law," 12 Apr. 2018 The federal case is based primarily on the same allegations that led to his arrest in Delaware County this spring. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 The federal case is based in part on evidence from a criminal investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and consumers’ complaints to the Better Business Bureau, as well as agencies overseas where the companies also send mailers. Mark Davis, kansascity, "The sweepstakes no one ever won: Feds finally target $100 million KC-based schemes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 The state court case is set for trial in May. A hearing in the federal case has been set for later this month. Fernando Alfonso Iii And St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime Houston strip club challenges city's rules on sexually oriented businesses," 16 Feb. 2018 The federal case, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, remained sealed on Thursday afternoon. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis youth pastor sexually abused girl in church office, authorities say," 15 Feb. 2018 In federal cases, the jury’s decision is binding on the sentencing judge. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Death penalty decision due today for Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect," 30 Apr. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of federal case

law : a legal case that will be decided in a U.S. federal court

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