federal case


Definition of federal case

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

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Singer, who has pleaded guilty in the federal case and is awaiting sentencing, declined to comment through his attorney. Los Angeles Times, "How Rick Singer tried to rope in USC legend Pat Haden amid admissions scandal," 30 Aug. 2019 Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011, but in federal cases the death sentence can still be imposed. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Illinois man sentenced to life for killing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang," 19 July 2019 In the federal case, Fields pleaded guilty March 27 to the 29 hate crimes as part of a deal in which the U.S. attorney’s office in Charlottesville agreed to drop an additional charge that carried a possible death sentence. Washington Post, "Avowed neo-Nazi gets additional life prison term in Charlottesville car attack," 15 July 2019 Making a federal case out of it Then there’s the lawsuit. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! An embarrassment of MLS riches in L.A.," 20 Aug. 2019 One complaint dealt with a federal case in Virginia, while another concerned an Alabama inmate who was seeking help with her appeal. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Florida attorney suspended for working Alabama murder appeal," 19 Aug. 2019 Double-jeopardy rules almost certainly prohibit settling a federal case and then prosecuting it again in federal court. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution," 13 July 2019 For the second round, with pretrial proceedings through next June, the plaintiffs chose Illinois, with 30 federal cases, and Monsanto opted for North Carolina, with seven cases. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Judge partly grants request to move some trials over Monsanto herbicide," 18 June 2019 The landowners’ and companies’ attorneys are joined by the judges in both the state and federal cases in pushing the attorney general’s office to participate in mediation to resolve all of the matters together. Laura Legere, Philly.com, "AG Josh Shapiro clashes with Chesapeake Energy over gas royalty payments to landowners," 24 Jan. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of federal case

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

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