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a federal case

Something that one perceives as being examined excessively. The phrase is often used to complain that someone is exaggerating a problem or alleged wrongdoing. So I ate your leftovers. Geez, don't make a federal case out of it! I'm not trying to make a federal case out of it, but I know you stole my new sweater!
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Shafighi, who had been jailed in the federal case, is free under a $350,000 bond set by a Tennessee court in the rape case.
One of the four alleged victims in the federal case was identified by the media as Steve Reinboldt, who served as the high-school wrestling team manager in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The anguished father gave the example of a federal case against Ted Stevens, a former US senator from Alaska.
As a next step after launching our federal case in 2006, we are now ready to proceed with this broader ITC Case and so extend our enforcement action to two more Chinese manufacturing groups, who have stolen our technology," Tate & Lyle General Counsel Robert Gibber said in a statement.
Middlebury, CT-based Chemtura, which last year changed its name from Crompton, has pleaded guilty in a federal case and has been fined by European regulators for its role in artificially boosting prices of chemicals used to make rubber between 1995 and 2001.
The three suspects emerged as part of a federal case against the Vineland Boys gang.
Jacob Arabo, known as Manhattan's King of Bling, has been charged with "giving and lending" jewellery to 15 other defendants in a federal case, said his lawyer yesterday.
The legal and tax resource sections have links to the federal tax code and regulations, state and federal case law and tax court decisions.
A taxpayer lawsuit filed in an Ohio Court of Common Pleas challenging Ohio investment tax credits and real property tax exemptions has morphed into federal case imperiling the full panoply of state tax incentives and galvanizing the world of state and local taxation.
The Trigon case is a federal case and does not apply to matters being tried in California courts.
14, 1998, settlement agreement and a June 6, 2002, stipulation and sealing order in a federal case.
Doherty reports on the interesting, quixotic federal case brought by multimillionaire John Gilmore, who is suing the government for the right to fly without having to show an ID.
At issue was the Sun-Times' use of the word "kidnapping" in a headline referring to a federal case that ordered Deirdre Harrison to return her young child to Italy.
Federal case law makes clear that law enforcement may use individuals working for the government to record conversations to which they are a party, or overhear (even if they do not understand what they are hearing), without violating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
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