Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A writ to determine whether one charged with homicide was imprisoned through hatred and malice.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A writ directed to the sheriff, commanding him to inquire whether a prisoner charged with murder was committed upon just cause of suspicion or merely propter odium et atiam, (through hatred and lll wlil;) and lf, upon the inquisition, due cause of suspicion did not appear, then there issued another writ for the sheriff to admit him to bail. 3 Bl. Comm. 128.