TAYLOR v. TAINTOR
U.S. Supreme Court
TAYLOR v. TAINTOR, 83 U.S. 366 (1872)
83 U.S. 366 (Wall.)
TAYLOR v. TAINTOR, TREASURER.
December Term, 1872
Abbreviated reference for BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENTS
"When bail is given, the principal is regarded as delivered to the custody of his sureties.
Their dominion is a continuance of the original imprisonment. Whenever they choose to
do so, they may seize him and deliver him up in their discharge; and if that cannot be
done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done. They may exercise their rights
in person or by agent. They may pursue him into another State; may arrest him on the
Sabbath; and, if necessary, may break and enter his house for that purpose. The seizure
is not made by virtue of new process. None is needed. It is likened to the rearrest by the
sheriff of an escaping prisoner. In 6 Modern11 it is said: 'The bail [83 U.S. 366, 372] have
their principal on a string, and may pull the string whenever they please, and render him
in their discharge.' The rights of the bail in civil and criminal cases are the same. They
may doubtless permit him to go beyond the limits of the State within which he is to
answer, but it is unwise and imprudent to do so; and if any evil ensue, they must bear the
burden of the consequences, and cannot cast them upon the obligee."