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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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There are three ways to prosecute ISIS's international crimes:  in the domestic courts of Iraq and Syria, before an ad hoc tribunal or prosecuting ISIS in the ICC, which poses the most problems of all.
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Article IV refers to the law under the Mexican Federal Penal Code that permits Mexican federal authorities to prosecute Mexican nationals who commit crimes in foreign countries or to prosecute other nationals who commit crimes against Mexican citizens outside of Mexico.
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s Office is the best agency to prosecute cases arising under state laws, while the U.
We're getting the word out to law enforcement that these children are being victimized and that we want to stop the exploitation of children,'' said JoAnne McCracken, the deputy district attorney who prosecutes and tracks those cases.