prosecution

(redirected from prosecutions)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to prosecutions: prosecutor

prosecution

n. 1) in criminal law, the government attorney charging and trying the case against a person accused of a crime. 2) a common term for the government's side in a criminal case, as in "the prosecution will present five witnesses" or "the prosecution rests" (completed its case). (See: prosecute, prosecutor)

prosecution

(Criminal trial), noun action, bringing to trial, legal action, legal process, legal trial, litigation, pursuit by a law enforcement agency, suit, trial, undertaking
Associated concepts: criminal prosecution, lawful prosecuuion, pending prosecution, want of prosecution

prosecution

(Government agency), noun the govvrnment, the people, the prosecuting attorney, the state, state's attorney
Associated concepts: the prosecution
See also: action, arraignment, chase, complainant, complaint, cross-examination, proceeding, prosecutor, pursuit

PROSECUTION, crim. law. The means adopted to bring a supposed offender to justice and punishment by due course of law.
     2. Prosecutions are carried on in the name of the government, and have for their principal object the security and happiness of the people in general. Hawk. B. 2, c. 25, s. 3; Bac. Ab. Indictment, A 3.
     3. The modes most usually employed to carry them on, are by indictment; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 132; presentment of a grand jury; Ibid. 133; coroner's inquest; Ibid. 134; and by an information. Vide Merl. Repert. mot Accusation.

References in classic literature ?
I shall leave you to judge, gentlemen, from the testimony, how far the witness in this prosecution can be so considered, feeling less reluctance to submit the case thus informally to your decision, because there is yet another indictment to be tried, which involves heavier charges against the unfortunate prisoner.
The prosecution was spiritless and perfunctory; the defense easily established--with regard to the deceased--an alibi.
I care so little for the cloudland of this life that I will offer you the speech for the prosecution.
At the police court proceedings, we shall hear the case for the prosecution, but in all probability his solicitors will advise him to reserve his defence.
Strangely enough, I can give evidence that will demolish one contention of the prosecution.
The first witnesses for the prosecution were mostly those who had been called at the inquest, the medical evidence being again taken first.
The prosecution had been unable to produce a shred of evidence in support of their contention that it was the prisoner who ordered the black beard from Parkson's.
The prosecution averred that on Monday, July 16th, the prisoner had entered the chemist's shop in the village, disguised as Mr.
Jones asked no questions at this interval, but fell instantly upon the villain, and made such good use of his trusty oaken stick that he laid him sprawling on the ground before he could defend himself, indeed almost before he knew he was attacked; nor did he cease the prosecution of his blows till the woman herself begged him to forbear, saying, she believed he had sufficiently done his business.
And yet the prosecution has not hesitated to put into the prisoner's dock a man who is respected, esteemed, and loved by all who knew him--a young savant, the hope of French science, whose whole life has been devoted to knowledge and truth.
But to be a town councilor and discuss how many dustmen are needed, and how chimneys shall be constructed in the town in which I don't live--to serve on a jury and try a peasant who's stolen a flitch of bacon, and listen for six hours at a stretch to all sorts of jabber from the counsel for the defense and the prosecution, and the president cross-examining my old half-witted Alioshka, 'Do you admit, prisoner in the dock, the fact of the removal of the
It was thus that I was to be taught to associate evil with their prosecution, happiness with their disregard.