pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

Definition of prosecutor

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

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Still, prosecutors dropped the case under Rollins’s policy. Shelley Murphyand Andrea Estes,, "Husband of Rep. Pressley benefited from Rollins’s new approach to traffic violations," 6 July 2019 And the pairing of a female former prosecutor with a gay middle American who is both a Rhodes scholar and an Afghanistan war veteran would certainly get the nation’s attention. Willie Brown,, "Democrats’ dream ticket is Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg," 6 July 2019 Last month, state employees charged with Flint water crimes were allowed to return to work, after prosecutors dropped the charges against the employees, with a plan to rebuild the investigation from scratch. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Michigan Governor Withdraws From Harvard Fellowship Amid Flint Water Backlash," 5 July 2019 More than 200,000 people have signed an online petition urging the prosecutors to drop the murder charges, which could land the sisters in prison for up to 20 years. Nataliya Vasilyeva, USA TODAY, "Three sisters who killed abusive father charged with murder in Russia. Outrage ensued," 5 July 2019 Four hours after the fatal crash, Milonis was in custody with a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent, a prosecutor told jurors. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Driver had 7 drinks, then plowed into pregnant woman’s car, killing her and unborn baby," 3 July 2019 Robert Smith, a special prosecutor assigned to the case, did not oppose the signature bond. Sarah Brookbank,, "Pike County sheriff Charles Reader pleads not guilty in 16-count criminal case," 2 July 2019 Roberts chose Kavanaugh to write the court's decision overturning the conviction and death sentence of Curtis Flowers, a black Mississippi man who has been tried six times for murder by a white prosecutor. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Gorsuch, Kavanaugh shift the Supreme Court, but their differences are striking," 30 June 2019 In exchange, prosecutors dropped their request for the death penalty. Denise Lavoie, Houston Chronicle, "Avowed white supremacist gets life sentence in car attack," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of prosecutor was in 1593

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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 How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

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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