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prosecution

1. 
a. the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a person
b. the proceedings brought in the name of the Crown to put an accused on trial
2. the lawyers acting for the Crown to put the case against a person
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Wilson turned toward the counsel for the prosecution, and there was a clearly recognizable note of warning in his voice when he said:
The prosecution was spiritless and perfunctory; the defense easily established--with regard to the deceased--an alibi.
"And did this Mr Dowling," says Allworthy, with great astonishment in his countenance, "tell you that I would assist in the prosecution?"--"No, sir," answered she, "I will not charge him wrongfully.
And, again, the chief lawyers for the prosecution and the defense, following the Judge's example, had revised their speeches for and against the prisoner.
At the police court proceedings, we shall hear the case for the prosecution, but in all probability his solicitors will advise him to reserve his defence.
"Strangely enough, I can give evidence that will demolish one contention of the prosecution."
The first witnesses for the prosecution were mostly those who had been called at the inquest, the medical evidence being again taken first.
The prosecution had been unable to produce a shred of evidence in support of their contention that it was the prisoner who ordered the black beard from Parkson's.
The prosecution averred that on Monday, July 16th, the prisoner had entered the chemist's shop in the village, disguised as Mr.
And yet the prosecution has not hesitated to put into the prisoner's dock a man who is respected, esteemed, and loved by all who knew him--a young savant, the hope of French science, whose whole life has been devoted to knowledge and truth.
For besides the great length of the whaling voyage, the numerous articles peculiar to the prosecution of the fishery, and the impossibility of replacing them at the remote harbors usually frequented, it must be remembered, that of all ships, whaling vessels are the most exposed to accidents of all kinds, and especially to the destruction and loss of the very things upon which the success of the voyage most depends.
It frequently happens that the relations of the criminal are for taking the like vengeance for his death, and sometimes pursue this resolution so far that all those who had any share in the prosecution lose their lives.