Definition of federal case in English:
1US Law A criminal case that falls under the jurisdiction of a federal court.
- The FBI has a decentralized command structure to facilitate prosecution of federal cases at the local field-office level.
- If a fraud scheme happens entirely in Georgia, but happens to involve one letter sent to Florida because someone was on vacation there, why does that make it legitimately a federal case?
- The federal appeals court said there is no reason the federal case cannot go forward at the same time.
1.1 informal A matter of great concern or with dire consequences: I’m not trying to make a federal case out of this, Christine, but you’ve got to do something
More example sentences
- We were not about to make a federal case out of it and neither did the waiter, who removed the offending dish and asked us what we would like as a replacement, no questions asked.
- Teachers and administrators should not make a federal case out of it.
- You don't need to make a federal case out of it!
Definition of federal case in:
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