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

    The delivery up of one charged with crime by one state or country to another.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The surrender of a criminal by a foreign state to wnich he has fled for refuge from prosecution to the state within whose jurisdiction the crime was committed, upon the demand of the latter state, in order that he may be dealt with according to its laws. Extradition may be ac-cerded as a mere matter of comity or may take place under treaty stipulations between the two nations. It also obtains as bstween the different states of the American Union. Terlinden v. Ames, 184 U. S. 270, 22 Sup. Ct 484, 46 L. Ed. 534; Fong Yue Ting v. U. S., 149 In S. 698, 13 Sup. Ct. 1016, 37 In Ed. 905. Extradition between the states must be considered and defined to be a political duty of imperfect obligation, founded upon compact, and requiring each state to surrender one who, having violated the criminal laws of another state, has fled from its justice, and is found in the state from which he is demanded, on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled. Abbott