pros·e·cu·to·ri·al | \ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of prosecutorial 

: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution

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The Department of Justice, by contrast, like most policing agencies, has a strong culture of prosecutorial discretion. Margo Schlanger, Washington Post, "You’ve heard the calls to #AbolishICE. Here’s what that could mean.," 9 July 2018 Such conduct includes investigative or prosecutorial efforts that appear, under the totality of the circumstances, to be motivated by corruption, bias or entrapment. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 Assuming a prosecutorial role, Jefferson elicited damaging testimony against Burr on the promise of pardons. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 In 29 pages of bloodless prosecutorial language, Mueller sketches out a concerted and methodical effort to corrupt the American democratic process. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 The Kansas secretary of state’s office has prosecutorial authority over election crimes. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas official follows order, registers thousands to vote," 9 July 2018 As a frequent guest on various Fox News programs (from Fox and Friends to Hannity), Dershowitz has accused the special counsel of prosecutorial overreach. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Demise of Civil Discourse Has Ruined Alan Dershowitz's Summer Plans," 3 July 2018 On Tuesday afternoon, the Assembly approved the creation of a commission to oversee possible prosecutorial misconduct. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "As End of Legislative Session Nears, Ennui Wins the Day," 19 June 2018 After Flowers was convicted and sentenced to death in the first trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the verdict because of prosecutorial misconduct by Evans. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Whiteness Is a Superpower," 15 June 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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pros·e·cu·to·ri·al | \ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtōr-ē-əl \

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: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution

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