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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)

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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.

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The unique organizational aspects permeate all facets of the program, from investigation to apprehension and prosecution. These aspects include full cooperation between the participating agencies, from the officer on patrol to the federal prosecutor; a simplified reporting system; and coordinated use of innovative and aggressive policing methods.
In the subsequent criminal prosecution, Torres entered a guilty plea and received a sentence of 73 months in jail.
Understanding the differences between the Miranda rule and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel is critical to the development of functional law enforcement policies and successful prosecutions. Policies should reflect the underlying purpose of each constitutional protection.
That factor does much to explain the hoopla surrounding the obscenity prosecution of Robert and Carleen Thomas of Milpitas, California.
Using the SARA model (scanning, analysis, response, assessment) advocated by problem-oriented policing, [1] the department's Street Crime Attack Team (SCAT) [2] determined that Operation Clean Sweep should aim at achieving a major reduction in street-level dealing by developing such strong prosecution cases that, once arrested, as many dealers as possible would receive certain incarceration.
Over the next few years, we can expect the number of criminal prosecutions in environmental cases to grow dramatically.
31 (SUNA) -- The Public Prosecution affirmed that Sudan has made wide strides in the compatibility of its legislations with the agreements and protocols relating to the combat of terrorism, stressing that the Act for Combating Terrorism for the year 2001 was precisely formulated to guarantee the principle of justice and realizing the law objectives.
Ahmed Al-Barrak expressed his delight for signing the memorandum of understanding with the Kingdom's Public Prosecution aimed to boost the cooperation between the two countries' prosecutions to confront dangerous crimes and to develop capacities of prosecution members.