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Ancient History & Constitutional Powers of American Sheriffs

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US Sheriffs: Preservers of the Last Vestiges of Our Separation of Powers?


This essay offers the second part of the history of the American sheriff. The first essay contained a history of the original sheriffs – England's shire reeves – “the oldest appointment of the English crown.” America's own sheriffs are a continuation of Britain's, after which the British variety lost almost all of its power as the US type blossomed.


Now that the federal government has announced ambitions to limit gun rights, amongst many other new powers, a constitution-oriented group of sheriffs – the Oath Keepers – has decided to nullify these laws instead of applying them. It is quite possible that these Rogue Sheriffs represent the last vestiges of federalism and separation of powers meant to protect the citizens from an American tyranny. It is therefore quite fitting that the old West, independent lawman is being revived and updated to help save the American Republic. This article describes their rise, establishment and continuation as perhaps the last bulwark against Washington, DC tyranny