federal case


Definition of federal case

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

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Ruiz-Sandoval remained in custody Thursday night on the federal case, in which he’s accused of trying to smuggle more than 10 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspect identified in Imperial Beach break-in, sexual assault," 12 Sep. 2019 The defense meanwhile may not want the Chicago federal case to go first. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "What's the latest on the sex-crime cases against R. Kelly?," 3 Sep. 2019 His deposition, conducted in Allison’s federal case in which the district attorney’s office wasn’t a party, did not trigger a review of Bonner’s case. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A jailhouse informant’s lies put him in prison for 37 years. Now he‘s free," 23 Aug. 2019 In his memo, however, Rosen argued that using financial loss as a measuring stick in fraud and bribery cases is an accepted practice and cited other federal cases with parallels to this one to bolster his point. Los Angeles Times, "In college admissions scandal a judge must decide: Does it matter how much parents paid?," 10 Sep. 2019 Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Federal District Court of Northern Ohio, who is overseeing the trial and all the federal cases, has prodded the parties to reach a global settlement that resolves all claims. New York Times, "Major Drug Maker Is Close to Settling Case to Avert First Federal Trial in Opioid Crisis," 6 Sep. 2019 But the federal case is almost certainly headed for higher courts. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "How California’s voters may have saved Trump from releasing his taxes," 27 Aug. 2019 The consolidated federal case is In Re National Prescription Opioid Litigation, 17-md-2804, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland). Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "McKesson, AmerisourceBergen among opiod distributors proposing $10 billion payment to settle state claims," 6 Aug. 2019 The federal case stemmed from an investigation initiated by the Navy in 2017 into allegations that Seerden raped a woman in Virginia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL sentenced to 60 years in prison for molesting girl," 30 July 2019

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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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