This Note explores the international implications of a plan proposed by two bounty hunters in the Tacoma, Washington area to charge U.K. thrill seekers to accompany them on manhunts in the United States. Part H explains the differences in Colonial American society that resulted in the early development of a commercial bail bond system to replace the English personal surety system. Part III examines the contractual relationship between a bail bondsman and a defendant, as well as the agency relationship between a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter, to show why bounty hunters have such unbridled power to arrest fugitives. This section also explains why bounty hunters are not regarded as state actors subject to constitutional restraints and describes the modern commercial bail bond industry in the United States. Part IV discusses the limitations on the ability of U.S. bounty hunters to exercise their arrest powers outside of the United States. Part V details the plan of two bounty hunters in the Tacoma, Washington area-one of whom was a U.K citizen-to charge U.K tourists to accompany them on bounty hunting missions. Finally, Part VI addresses whether U.S. citizenship ought to be a prerequisite to being a U.S. bounty hunter.
Ryan M. Porcello,
International Bounty Hunter Ride-Along,
35 Vanderbilt Law Review
Available at: https://scholarship.law.vanderbilt.edu/vjtl/vol35/iss3/8