What is a U.s. attorney and a U.S. Marshal?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the United States federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. There are 93 U.S. Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. One U.S. Attorney is assigned to each of the judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands where a single U.S. Attorney serves both districts. Each U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her particular jurisdiction, acting under the guidance of the United States Attorneys' Manual.

    The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is a federal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice and is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States. The official spelling is the plural form "US Marshals Service", not the possessive form "US Marshals' Service".

    The USMS is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, protecting federal courts and ensuring the effective operation of the judicial system.

  • 1 decade ago

    A U.S. Marshal is the law enforcement person who goes & gets fugitives from the law. Then the U.S. Attorney is the lawyer that prosecutes the case against the fugitive.

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