Extradition

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  • The delivery of an accused person suspected or convicted of a crime or a fugitive from the state where he or she has taken refuge to the state that asserts jurisdiction over that person. The purpose of extradition is to allow the demanding state to prosecute the accused. Extradition is an act of international legal cooperation in that almost all extraditions take place under the authority of bilateral treaties. Such treaties often require evidence that the accused violated the laws of both jurisdictions. Within the United States, the Constitution imposed a duty on governors, under Article IV, Section 2, to deliver fugitives from justice found in their respective state. This is commonly referred as interstate rendition.

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