private detective


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Examples of private detective in a Sentence

when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective

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So, that’s people scouring the internet, that’s people doing the equivalent of journalism/private detective work. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Republican fury about ‘bias’ on the internet is just a distraction, ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum says," 30 Aug. 2018 The cast of characters includes a pint-size private detective with a way with women, a local artist sick of painting turtles for tourists and an Australian woman sailing solo around the globe. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Adrift in Los Angeles: Mark Haskell Smith and his book, 'Blown'," 22 June 2018 If Graham’s mother and the Rev. Sullivan were attempting to start a new life as lovers and his parents, their plans were abruptly dashed when private detectives raided their New York City apartment. Michael Rezendes,, "Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago," 19 June 2018 Anglin was a private detective working for Jones during the divorce proceedings. azcentral, "Connie Jones, ex-wife of Scottsdale-area shooter Dwight Jones, to speak with media," 12 June 2018 Teri said the private detective asked both her and Joe to be hypnotized., "CHAPTER 5: THE GIRL IN THE CAFÉ," 27 Sep. 2017 Edmundson does have an active state of Georgia private detective license, Channel 2 reported. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Cops: Fired APD employee charged with impersonating an officer in Gwinnett," 29 May 2018 Ben had grown up there and was used to dealing with hostile, sometimes corrupt officers, but Clarissa, whose father had been a private detective, expected better treatment from the police. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 2018 In August, a private detective hired by the Rich family sued Fox News for defamation and racial discrimination, claiming that the network had fabricated quotes attributed to him as part of a coordinated effort with the White House to smear Mr. Rich. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Family of Seth Rich Sues Fox News Over Retracted Article," 13 Mar. 2018

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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