not indeed to the point of death or mutilation of members if they afterwards return  or are caught, since no criminal cause for outlawry exists, but to the extent of imprisonment  for life or abjuration of the realm and from the communion of all others  who are in the king's peace. As the cause of an excommunication makes it and the  penalty less severe, so the reason for an outlawry makes it and its penalty less severe,  and grace ought more easily to be found that one so outlawed may be restored to the  peace.1 For excommunication and outlawry are considered in many respects  equivalents.2
If the sheriff has been negligent.
 Let us return to the beginning of distraints and attachments, because sometimes  the sheriff is negligent in executing the orders of the lord king, [sometimes through  deceit, sometimes because he lacks the power,]3 and then, unless he puts forward  a reasonable excuse, he will remain in the king's mercy. It sometimes happens that  when he receives the king's writ for attaching someone after summons made, that he  neither makes the attachment nor returns the writ that came to him. In that case,  the plaintiff having offered himself for the suit, let the enrolment be made thus: A.  offered himself on the fourth day against B. in such a plea (according to the various  kinds of personal pleas) and B. did not appear; the sheriff was ordered to attach him  to appear on such a day, and he did nothing, nor did he send the writ which came to  him. Therefore the sheriff is ordered, as at another time, to attach him to appear on  such a day, and let the sheriff then be there to hear his judgment as to this, that he  did not attach him and did not send the writ which came to him as he was ordered to  do. The form of the writ is as follows.
Writ to the sheriff sicut alias.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. We order you, as we ordered you at another time,  to put A. by gage and safe pledges to be before the justices etc. on such a day to  answer etc. (as above). And at the end let this clause be added: And do you then be  there to hear your judgment as to this, that you did not attach A. nor send our writ  which came to you thereon to the aforesaid justices, as at another time you were  ordered to do. And have etc. Witness etc. If on that day he has done nothing more  than before, and has not excused himself, he will be amerced for contempt at the  king's will, and let him be ordered for the third time to make the attachment by this  writ. We order you as we have often ordered you etc. (as above).