Ask the Marshall
- Written by Marshall Trimble
- Published August 31, 2010
What role did the bondsman play on behalf of Old West sheriffs?
Show Low, Arizona
A bondsman is a person who provides bond or surety for another. In the relationship between a sheriff and a bondsman, the latter assumed financial responsibility for the former. It’s much the same as a bail bondsman who puts up 10 percent of an accused person’s bail and guarantees that person will show up for trial. If the accused jumps bail, the bondsman has to forfeit his...
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