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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 23: Refusal or delay to execute process resulting in escape

Section 23. An officer who, being authorized to serve process, wilfully and corruptly refuses to execute a lawful process directed to him and requiring him to apprehend or confine a person convicted of or charged with crime, or wilfully and corruptly omits or delays to execute such process, whereby such person escapes, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year.