federal district


Definition of federal district 

: a district set apart as the seat of the central government of a federation

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The senator decided to make a last stand against Donald Trump by opposing Thomas Farr’s confirmation as a federal district judge in North Carolina. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The ABA Strikes Back," 29 Nov. 2018 That 90-day ban on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on refugees worldwide, was soon struck down by federal district and appeals courts. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court upholds Trump's controversial travel ban: What we know now," 26 June 2018 The other three are William Pryor, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judge, as well as Third Circuit judge Luis Restrepo and federal district-court judge Henry Hudson. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Man Who Hates Criminal-Justice Reform," 7 May 2018 In Tennessee this month, a federal district judge ruled that the state’s suspension of driver’s licenses from people who can’t pay fines was unconstitutional. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "In D.C., no more license suspensions for drivers with unpaid tickets," 12 July 2018 Most recently, a federal district judge said the administration had acted unlawfully in approving work requirements for the state Medicaid program in Kentucky. Robert Pear, New York Times, "A Fatal Flaw as Trump Tries to Remake Health Care: Shortcuts," 7 July 2018 Since 1997, an order from a federal district judge in California has set limits on how long children can be detained by immigration authorities. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Under Trump, Americans are becoming more supportive of immigration," 22 June 2018 The Gila River Indian Community and environmental and community groups tried, without success, to halt construction in federal district and appeals courts. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "South Mountain Freeway construction: Are we almost there?," 21 June 2018 Dlott's departure leaves Cincinnati with just two full-time federal district judges, Michael Barrett and Timothy Black. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Trump will soon get to pick a new federal judge for Cincinnati," 18 June 2018

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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