There was an old arrest warrant from California for a friend of
a friend who lives in Massachusetts. A few years ago he was
picked up by local police on the warrant and released when
California declined to extradite. This year the same thing
happened again -- arrest and release a couple days later.
He figured he was going to keep getting arrested until he cleared
up the warrant so he went back to California to deal with it.
As long an out of state warrant remains in the system, are police
free to arrest the person named in the warrant even though the
other state doesn't want to extradite? If so, is there anything
to prevent another arrest the moment the guy is released? If not,
how does the system know that the other state doesn't really want
the guy even though there is a warrant?
John Carr (email@example.com)