Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
An attorney from outside of the government selected by the Attorney General or Congress to investigate and possibly prosecute a federal government official for wrongdoing in office. The theory behind appointing a special prosecutor is that there is a built-in conflict of interest between the Department of Justice and officials who may have political or governmental connections with that department.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:24 pm