The sheriff could be sued for misfeasance such as bribery in the King's court.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Misfeasance and malfeasance in public office ought to be considered an unpardonable crime, and the guilty dealt with accordingly.
"A Book Written by the Spirits of the So-Called Dead" by C. G. Helleberg
An impeachment he said would be no cure for this evil, as an impeachment would reach misfeasance only, not incapacity.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison
What's the leopard-dog-thing, constant at his side,
A leer and lie in every eye of its obsequious hide?
When will come an end to all the mock obeisance,
And the price appear that pays for the misfeasance?
"Before" by Robert Browning