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POSSE. This word is used substantively to signify a possibility. For example, such a thing is in posse, that is, such a thing may possibly be; when the thing is in being, the phrase to express it is, in esse. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The program is now in its fourth academic year, but there is room to expand, says Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation.
Part II explicates the law and history of the posse comitatus from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.
But unless the bond between the Posse and politicians is dissolved, the ugliness may spread even there.
The Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878, in response to abuses by federal troops during Reconstruction after the Civil War, forbade the president's use of U.S.
"One of the reasons I think the MacArthur award is a special recognition for us is the core values of the fellows program are so much in sync with the core values of the Posse program: believing in the future potential and creativity of the individual," said Bial, 42, who said she didn't know how she would spend the no-strings-attached grant money.
The POSSE Land Management System has greatly enhanced the efficiency of the Building Inspection Division.
And ever since 9/11, it has pushed hard for amending the Posse Comitatus Act.
IN 1878 Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act, barring "participation by a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps in a search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity" on United States soil unless specifically authorized by law.
The posse of five street singers who perform Brooklyn: The Musical offer audiences an inside glimpse of a homeless panhandler's dream life.
Much has been written about the Posse Comitatus Act.
He is also suing the restaurant, in the up-market Morgan's hotel on Manhattan's Madison Avenue, claiming security staff stood by as he was allegedly struck by one of the posse.