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minitrial (plural minitrials)
- A short or minor legal trial.
2007 January 26, William K. Rashbaum, “Judge Urges U.S. to Drop Plan to Seek Death Penalty in Case”, New York Times:
- Under the federal death penalty law, if a jury finds a defendant guilty, a second minitrial is held to determine whether that defendant will face execution or life in prison without parole.