District Attorney – an appointed, or, usually elected public officer who conducts actions, generally criminal prosecutions, on behalf of his state in his district, usually a county

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district attorney:
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1. A public official appointed or elected to represent the state in criminal cases in a particular judicial district; PROSECUTOR (1). — Abbr. D.A. — aka public prosecutor; state’s attorney; prosecuting attorney. [1]

1. Public officer elected or appointed, as provided in the several state constitutions or by statute, to conduct suits, generally criminal, on behalf of the state in their respective districts.  They are sworn ministers of justice, quasi judicial officers representing the commonwealth. 42 Am J1st Pub Of § 2. [2]

1. A public officer, usually elected, who conducts actions, generally criminal prosecutions, on behalf of his state in his district, usually a county. aka DA. [3]

 

Types of District Attorneys:

prosecuting attorney – an elected or appointed attorney at law, who serves as a public officer, to conduct criminal prosecutions on behalf of his jurisdiction.  A district attorney actively  serving as prosecutor in a case.

on-call district attorney (2010) A district attorney who is assigned at a specific time to be in contact with police and the court to recommend bail amounts and to provide police with miscellaneous advice on matters that may arise.

riding district attorney – A district attorney or assistant district attorney who works closely with the police, responding directly to crime scenes, taking statements from witnesses or suspects at a police station, drafting search-warrant applications, or attending lineups. — aka ride-along DA. [1]

United States District Attorney – a lawyer appointed by the President to represent, under the direction of the Attorney General, the federal government in proceedings within a federal district. — Abbr. USA. — aka United States District Attorney.

  • Assistant United States Attorney – A lawyer appointed by the Attorney General for a limited period to assist a United States Attorney in specific cases. 28 USCA § 543. — Abbr. AUSA.
  • Special Assistant to the United states Attorney — An attorney appointed by the Attorney General for a limited period to assist a United States Attorney in specific cases. — Abbr. SAUSA. [1]

References:

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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