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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Recent Examples on the Web The testimony came as the Judiciary Committee opened a hearing into political interference in the Justice Department and threats to prosecutorial independence. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Prosecutor: Investigation into California’s deal with automakers, pot mergers raised doubts," 24 June 2020 On June 19th, the DoJ announced that Mr Berman was stepping down, so that Mr Trump could replace him with Jay Clayton, a corporate lawyer without prosecutorial experience who currently heads the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Economist, "Independent? Variable Has America’s Department of Justice been politicised?," 24 June 2020 The Minnesota Senator is coming off of months of scrutiny over her prosecutorial record and her statements regarding the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black Americans. Elly Belle,, "Amy Klobuchar Only Stepped Out Of The VP Race To Save Herself," 19 June 2020 Trump also reportedly sought to intervene in regulatory and prosecutorial moves against Chinese companies for his personal political benefit. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "John Bolton: American Coward," 18 June 2020 Engel favors reform and backed House Democrats' Justice in Policing Act, which bans chokeholds and creates a new prosecutorial standards in police brutality cases but does not address police funding. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Eliot Engel faces potential upset from progressive primary challenger," 16 June 2020 Creating an independent investigative and prosecutorial process for deaths resulting from police actions. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Nessel calls for public database of Michigan's problem police officers," 16 June 2020 Initiative 940, introduced by Taylor and his allies, proposed, among other things, the removal of that prosecutorial requirement. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "A Seattle Activist’s Fight to Keep the Focus on Police Abuse," 9 June 2020 Amy Klobuchar’s prosecutorial record in the state back in the spotlight. Erin Corbett,, "The Officers Who Killed George Floyd Have Done This Before — Many Times," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of prosecutorial

1934, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2020

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“Prosecutorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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