pros·e·cu·tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Definition of prosecutor 

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

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Deputies were called to Lolo Hot Springs at 8 p.m. Saturday because Crowley was creating a disturbance and threatening to fire a gun, Missoula County prosecutors said. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Officers describe faint whimper, finding abandoned infant," 10 July 2018 López Obrador has called for an independent federal prosecutor, who would not be beholden to political interests. Martha Pskowski, The New Republic, "The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President," 2 July 2018 The arraignment is expected sometime before August 27, and the prosecutor is recommending bail be set at $250,000. Anna Millard,, "Hacker Charged For Breaking Into Selena Gomez's Emails," 14 July 2018 Further, only the prosecutors call witnesses to the stand and defense counsel has no right to cross-examine those witnesses. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 The prosecutor argued that on Dec. 13, 2006, while babysitting, Mendez snapped and fatally injured the baby. Marisa Gerber,, "Judge orders release of woman who served 11 years behind bars in grandson's death," 12 July 2018 Five attorneys are vying to replace the deputy chief state’s attorney for operations — one of the highest ranking prosecutors in the state. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Five Vie For Deputy Chief State's Attorney Job," 12 July 2018 Following his retirement in 1994, Meisten worked with the special prosecutor handling the Whitewater investigation and, until 2014, as a contract investigator for the FBI and other agencies. Sheila Vilvens,, "Remembering the FBI agent in charge of investigation into Reagan assassination attempt," 11 July 2018 Johnson is the prosecutor who helped a couple of trigger-happy Glynn County cops avoid prosecution in the sickening 2010 shooting death of Caroline Small, an unarmed mother trapped in her car after a slow-speed chase. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Something stinks in Brunswick, and it ain’t paper mills," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer who represents the side in a court case that accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove that the person is guilty


pros·e·cu·tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Kids Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer in a criminal case who tries to prove that the accused person is guilty


pros·e·cu·tor | \ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər \

Legal Definition of prosecutor 

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution (as by making an affidavit or complaint charging the defendant)

2 : a government attorney who presents the state's case against the defendant in a criminal prosecution

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