pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio) \

Definition of prosecutorial

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

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The court also rejected arguments by the former speaker that the prosecution was tainted by prosecutorial and juror misconduct. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Court upholds ex-Alabama House speaker’s ethics convictions," 27 Aug. 2018 And consider the left’s attitude toward Robert Mueller, who has used hardball prosecutorial tactics to secure criminal convictions against Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort and other associates of President Trump. Jason Willick, WSJ, "Kamala Harris for the Prosecution," 21 Jan. 2019 Mueller operates under different legal authority than Starr did, and the regulation under which he was appointed states that the final report on prosecutorial decisions should be confidential. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Donald Trump," 6 Dec. 2018 This could be prosecutorial overreach and incompetence. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "Was the FBI Out to Get Trump?," 6 Feb. 2018 And so, that stops me in my -- in my prosecutorial tracks. Fox News, "Coons: Kavanaugh hearing should be paused for investigation," 27 Sep. 2018 The body, which does not have prosecutorial powers but which can recommend legal action, was established up in January by Zuma, just weeks before he was forced to resign in disgrace by his own party, the African National Congress. Krista Mahr, The Seattle Times, "South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule," 20 Aug. 2018 Comey, by his own account, thought the existence of the rumor was reason enough to break the norms surrounding the announcement of prosecutorial decisions. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "The Slippery James Comey," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio) \

Legal Definition of prosecutorial

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

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