ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

Definition of extradition

: the surrender of an alleged criminal usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one authority (such as a state) to another having jurisdiction to try the charge

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Recent Examples on the Web The first public mention of the indictment came during Weinstein’s last extradition hearing on April 12. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Judge gives Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys 30 days to challenge extradition to L.A.," 30 Apr. 2021 Related Coverage Part of the difficulty in tackling ransomware is that the gangs are often located in jurisdictions that don’t have extradition agreements with the U.S., Mr. Reiner said. James Rundle, WSJ, "Ransomware Now Seen as Threat to National Security," 29 Apr. 2021 Monica Bretado with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said extradition deputies were in Atlanta on Thursday to transport Jssan Strover, 20, back to Arizona on a warrant for murder charges out of Phoenix. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix murder suspect set to be extradited to Arizona escapes police custody in Atlanta," 29 Apr. 2021 The French presidency said the definitive extradition decision could take two to three years depending on the appeal proceedings. Star Tribune, "Former members of Italian Red Brigades arrested in France," 28 Apr. 2021 Four times during the 1850s, the US tried to negotiate extradition agreements under which Mexico would return fugitive Blacks to American slaveholders. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "When Slaves Fled to Mexico," 27 Apr. 2021 April 11, 2019 - Assange is arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London on an extradition warrant from the US Justice Department. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "WikiLeaks Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case pushed back Weintein’s possible extradition until another hearing later this month to give Effman more time to file court documents on behalf of Weinstein. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, "Harvey Weinstein Indicted On Sexual Assault Charges In Los Angeles," 12 Apr. 2021 During Monday's hearing, the court heard from Norman Effman, an attorney for Weinstein, who asked for a delay on a likely extradition to allow his client to undergo key medical procedures now scheduled by the New York prisons system. Etan Vlessing, Billboard, "Harvey Weinstein Moves Closer to Extradition to Los Angeles," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of extradition

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extradition

French, from ex- + Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over — more at treason

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The first known use of extradition was in 1810

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3 May 2021

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“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

Legal Definition of extradition

: the surrender of an accused usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one sovereign (as a state or nation) to another that has jurisdiction to try the accused and that has demanded his or her return — see also asylum state — compare detainer, rendition

Note: Article IV of the U.S. Constitution states: “A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.”

History and Etymology for extradition

French, from Latin ex- out + traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over

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