Body Execution

Body Execution

An arrest; a seizure of a defendant.

A sheriff or other public officer can be ordered by a court to arrest a defendant and the officer executes the order by taking the body of the defendant into custody. The order itself may be called a capias, or capias ad satisfaciendum (Latin for "that you take him in order to satisfy it").

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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