United States attorney

noun
Unit·​ed States attorney

Legal Definition of United States attorney

: an attorney in the Department of Justice who is appointed either by the president or the attorney general of the United States and acts as the prosecutor in federal criminal cases and as counsel for the U.S. in civil actions within the federal judicial district to which he or she is assigned

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“United States attorney.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/United%20States%20attorney. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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