from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or concerned with prosecution: "a huge investigative and prosecutorial effort” ( Lucian K. Truscott IV).

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  • adj. Relating to a prosecuting criminal cases.


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  • RANDOLPH: The state -- what they call a prosecutorial system.

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  • U.S. District J.dge Cormac J. Carney threw out the fraud case in December, citing what he called prosecutorial misconduct and a lack of evidence.

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  • Despite what he described as a prosecutorial misstep in the stock fraud case, Christie said Kelley, who had since gone to private practice, was the best qualified lawyer for the monitoring job.


  • In order to eliminate marijuana use, state and federal legislators have sanctioned an enormous increase in prosecutorial power, the emergence of a class of professional informers, and the widespread confiscation of private property by the government without trial -- legal weapons reminiscent of those used in the former Soviet-bloc nations.

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  • It is not a stretch to call the prosecutorial excess being engaged by Justice "extortion."

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  • The judge in the Stevens case has repeatedly delayed sentencing and criticized trial prosecutors for what he's called prosecutorial misconduct.

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  • And he recognized that there was a larger issue here called prosecutorial zealots -- that is, runaway prosecutors who, quite simply, in many cases don ` t care.

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  • Department of Homeland Security officials announced last month that a federal working group will use what's known as prosecutorial discretion to determine more sympathetic cases and put the full focus on deporting hardened criminals.

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  • But after a mistrial was declared Tuesday in the murder trial of Francis Kirchner, Charles Bowers, and James Groves, the question confronting a Philadelphia judge is whether the trio should go free because of what one defense attorney called prosecutorial misconduct.


  • It shouldn't be up to judges to call the prosecutorial arm to account.

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