fugitive from justice


: a person (such as a criminal suspect or witness) who tries to elude law enforcement especially by fleeing the jurisdiction : fugitive
… when I declare myself as her counsel, I have to surrender her or be charged with harboring a fugitive from justice.James M. Cain

Examples of fugitive from justice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fullerton was arrested on the fugitive from justice warrant and is being held without bail in the Shasta County Jail, according to inmate records. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 Nilo, who was arrested on Tuesday after investigators linked him to the unsolved assaults through genetic genealogy, appeared in a Jersey City courtroom on a fugitive from justice warrant and agreed to be brought to Massachusetts, officials said. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2023 He was charged with being a fugitive from justice, the representative said. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 21 Oct. 2023 Many of them, like Mr. de Castro, are officially fugitives from justice. Frances Robles, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Hemingway was arrested on Sept. 22 at a New Jersey airport as a fugitive from justice and is being held on a $1 million bond. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2023 He is currently being held in Marshall County Jail on charges of attempting to elude and fugitive from justice. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2023 Sablan was transported to the Long Beach City Jail, where he was booked for kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and fugitive from justice. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 21 July 2023 The suspect, Steven Robert Sabalan, 61, of Cleburne, Texas, was arrested July 9 and booked into the Long Beach City Jail on charges of kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and fugitive from justice, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fugitive from justice was in 1735

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“Fugitive from justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugitive%20from%20justice. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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