prosecuting attorney


Definition of prosecuting attorney

: an attorney who conducts proceedings in a court on behalf of the government : district attorney

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Recent Examples on the Web A week after Goodson stepped aside, the prosecuting attorney, Henry Boyce, also asked to be replaced. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Family of slain former Arkansas senator responds to recusals in murder case," 9 Dec. 2019 Christopher was sentenced to pay $220 in fines and court costs for each case, said Matthew Howerton, deputy prosecuting attorney for Morgan County. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "'General Hospital' actor pleads guilty to public intoxication in Martinsville," 18 Nov. 2019 Things get complicated when Claire’s romantic interest is named as the prosecuting attorney on the case. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 This seminal true crime masterpiece depicts, in fastidious detail, the story of the Manson murders and subsequent trial, penned by the prosecuting attorney himself. Nicole Spector, NBC News, "Hooked on true crime shows like 'Mindhunter' or 'Unbelievable'? Psychologists recommend these books," 29 Sep. 2019 San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren accepted the recommendation by defense and prosecuting attorneys that Ruiz attend a two-day course at the museum, run by civil rights organization The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man who admitted posting racist Snapchat threats ordered to anti-bias class," 17 Sep. 2019 On Friday, a Clark County prosecuting attorney returned a statement that the officer was justified in the killing and had acted lawfully. oregonlive, "Vancouver police justified in shooting, killing 16-year-old, prosecuting attorney decides," 30 Aug. 2019 Lead prosecuting attorney Celia Rowland didn’t hold back from describing her apparent disdain toward Ruiz. Melissa Murphy, The Mercury News, "Convicted of murdering 24-year-old Santa Cruz transient, defendants receive life sentences," 27 Aug. 2019 Hudson is a former Porter County deputy prosecuting attorney who was fired from her job in July 2016, weeks after she was accused of withholding evidence in a child molesting case and continuing to prosecute the case anyway. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso GOP pick Howe to fill vacant City Council seat," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of prosecuting attorney

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Prosecuting attorney.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Legal Definition of prosecuting attorney

: an attorney who represents the government in instituting and proceeding with criminal actions : district attorney

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