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REEVE. The name of an ancient English officer of justice, inferior in rank to an alderman.
     2. He was a ministerial officer, appointed to execute process, keep the king's peace, and put the laws in execution. He witnessed all contracts and bargains; brought offenders to justice, and delivered them to punishment; took bail for such as were to appear at the county court, and presided at the court or folcmote[?]. He was also called gerefa.
     3. There were several kinds of reeves as the shire-gerefa, shire-reeve or sheriff; the heh-gerefa, or high-sheriff, tithing-reeve, burgh or borough-reeve.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Reeve said: "It's the 21st century and still terrible things are happening.
The 2.75-inch stonewashed, deep-ground, drop-point blade is of premium S35VN stainless steel, which Reeve helped develop with Crucible Industries, and rolls out smoothly on a full size pivot with specially designed bronze washers.
Reeve utilized primarily the dominator serve and quickly assumed center-court position to control the match.
Locked in our little multimedia studio, this wild bunch was often on the edge of taking the conversation right over a cliff, but Reeve (usually) managed to keep things on track (well, somewhat).
Now their lives had been transformed by the $250 a month Reeves had agreed to send back to Cebu.
But jobless Reeve, of Hyde, Gtr Manchester, who claimed he broke both legs in active service, was caught out when real Paras spotted a picture of him wearing a makeshift uniform at Godley Primary in Hyde in a local newspaper.
A try and conversion from Bradshaw put Morley ahead but the intervention of Reeve and O'Brien ensured Waterloo's second victory on the run.
David Mellor, prosecuting at Furness Magistrates' Court, said: "At 8pm Mr Reeve has managed to collide in the car park with two vehicles and had his keys taken off him until the police arrived.
He said: "This is a serious case and we have found a number of aggravating circumstances in our findings as to the nature of the relationship between Ms Reeve and Pupil A.
Yesterday, at Dundee sheriff court Reeve, of Carnoustie, admitted that his behaviour was "reckless" and to the danger of other Prodigy fans.
Reeves, 46, also stroked the girls' hair and backs during the music tuition and encouraged them to sit on his knee.
Kevin Reeves and Leisure Leagues officials also talked to media during break time.