federal case


Definition of federal case

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

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An obscure federal case being heard in Washington next month could determine whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s pending full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election gathers dust in a secret file – or sees the light of day. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "St. Beto and the August altar call," 30 Aug. 2018 Also charged as co-conspirators in the federal case in Kansas are online gamers Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 20, of Wichita. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Man who made hoax call in deadly ‘swatting’ pleads guilty," 13 Nov. 2018 O’Cain did not have attorneys listed in his state or federal cases on Thursday. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "12-person federal drug indictment linked to April shootout, pursuit of suspect to Hopkins' doorstep," 10 May 2018 That lawsuit — and an unrelated state court case scheduled for trial on Dec. 4 — could expose more about Epstein’s crimes, as well as who else was involved and whether there was any undue influence that tainted the federal case. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 The ex-Bandidos leaders are not charged in the federal case with what transpired in Waco, in which nine bikers were killed and 20 were injured. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Jurors in racketeering trial are shown Bandidos’ bylaws," 28 Feb. 2018 Hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies have been consolidated into a single federal case, presided over by a judge in Cleveland. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County suburbs file opioid lawsuit against pharma companies, local doctors," 23 May 2018 There are more than 400 federal cases -- many originating from Ohio -- now being heard in Cleveland. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland federal judge's ambitious goal to settle hundreds of lawsuits against opioid companies this year might prove difficult," 21 Mar. 2018 Tuesday's plea agreement did not involve the federal case, which carries a possible death sentence. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Olathe man admits murder in alleged hate crime against Indian engineer at Austins | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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

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