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a retinue of warriors serving a leader, esp in pre-Christian Germanic cultures, such as Anglo-Saxon England and Viking Age Scandinavia
see posse1
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 a body of companions; a retinue of warriors attached to a king or chieftain. See also posse comitatus.
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In order to cast an odium upon the power of calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, it has been remarked that there is nowhere any provision in the proposed Constitution for calling out the POSSE COMITATUS, to assist the magistrate in the execution of his duty, whence it has been inferred, that military force was intended to be his only auxiliary.
A good deal was said about sending for the sheriff; some hints were given about calling out the posse comitatus to avenge the insulted laws; and many of the citizens were collected, deliberating how to proceed.
They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
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Dowell, Jr., takes a fresh look at the merging of military capabilities in law enforcement and the potential implications for the Posse Comitatus Act.
Higgens's analysis of the influence of OE literature on LOTR begins in earnest with a discussion of mead-hall community and culture in chapter 3, "Tolkien Enters the Anglo-Saxon Community Through the Mead-Hall Building." In chapter 4, "The Role of the Lord, Comitatus, and Gift-Giving Within the Mead-Hall," she explains the lord's relationship with his thanes as established by the comitatus oath (an oath of allegiance and mutual protection), and how this oath was reinforced through the hall's structure and activities, especially feasting, drinking, and gift-giving.
We need comitatus clauses attached to many of the laws already on the books.

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