federal case


Definition of federal case 

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

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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 And while the selection committee may not pay much attention to federal case, NCAA President Mark Emmert has. Aaron Beard, courant.com, "Corruption Case Won't Stop The Calls On Selection Sunday," 10 Mar. 2018 And while the selection committee may not pay much attention to federal case, NCAA President Mark Emmert has. Washington Post, "Corruption case won’t stop the calls on Selection Sunday," 9 Mar. 2018 The 7th Circuit said that's contrary to the leading federal case on when a defendant can act as his own attorney. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Convicted of double murder, Milwaukee man gets new trial and a chance to be his own lawyer," 19 Jan. 2018 At least three major federal cases involving Chinese espionage are under way, including Mr. Mallory’s. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Patriot or Double Agent? CIA Officer on Trial as U.S. Targets Spying by China," 21 May 2018 The federal case included charges connected to the bombs sent to Judge Vance and Mr. Robinson. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Alabama Executes Mail Bomber, 83, the Oldest Inmate Put to Death in Modern Era," 19 Apr. 2018 Those emails provided the backbone of the federal case against Backpage’s founders, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former owners of the Phoenix tabloid newspaper, New Times. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "How outsourcing to India gave federal prosecutors a window into Backpage operations," 12 Apr. 2018 In 2005, Mikos became the last defendant to receive the death penalty in a federal case in Illinois. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Former veteran federal prosecutor to return as top deputy to U.S. Attorney John Lausch," 4 May 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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

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