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Prosecute

To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial.

The state, on behalf of the people, generally prosecutes a defendant accused of a crime.

prosecute

v. 1) in criminal law, to charge a person with a crime and thereafter pursue the case through trial on behalf of the government. This is normally the function of the District Attorney (called States Attorney or city prosecutor in some places) and the United States Attorney in federal criminal cases. A state Attorney General may prosecute in crimes of statewide importance, and the United States Attorney General, through the Solicitor General, may prosecute for crimes involving matters of national significance. 2) to conduct any legal action by a lawyer on behalf of a client, including both civil and criminal cases, but most commonly referring to prosecution for crimes. (See: prosecution, prosecutor, District Attorney, Attorney General)

prosecute

(Carry forward), verb advance, be resolute in, be steadfast, bring about, bring to pass, carry on, carry out, conduct, continue, follow up, go after, maintain, persevere in, persist, proceed with, pursue, put through
Associated concepts: dismissal for want of prosecution, faillre to prosecute, prosecute a claim, prosecute an action

prosecute

(Charge), verb accusare, arraign, bring accion against, bring before a court, bring suit, bring to justice, file a charge, file a claim, prefer a claim, prefer charges, prooeed against civilly, proceed against criminally, sue, summon, take one to court
Associated concepts: prosecute for a criminal offense, prosscuting attorney
See also: accuse, arraign, charge, complain, incriminate, lodge, pursue
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The US Department of Justice did their own investigation that concluded that no prosecutable crime had been committed by the CIA officers.
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Malek's order also banned people from using playing cards, normally under trees, during working hours, making it a prosecutable offence.
But Joseph Lazzarotti, a partner at Jackson Lewis, says the opinion suggests the theft might have been prosecutable if the code had been stolen in a tangible form, such as a printout or flash drive.
This course was the missing link in putting together all the knowledge I've already been accumulating, but was not able to assimilate into a prosecutable document for submission which an attorney can use in litigation.
If media reports that the SIT found no prosecutable evidence against Modiare true, then we are very relieved as an international and national campaign against Modi to somehow frame him for the Gujarat riots was on for the last ten years," Prasad said.
The court emphatically agreed with a previous order from a German court rejecting the model's claim in Germany and closing those proceedings, stating that: "Proceedings will only be initiated in respect of prosecutable criminal acts if there are sufficient elements of fact to do so and that in the evidence provided there was no indication that the accused (Prince Alwaleed) could have been involved in any way in the events.
Prosecutors and investigators are frustrated when judges do not pursue their cases; similarly, judges claim the cases they receive are of poor quality and not prosecutable.