accessory after the fact

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accessory after the fact

n. Law
An accessory who assists a lawbreaker after the commission of a crime, as to avoid arrest, trial, or punishment.
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Noun1.accessory after the fact - a person who gives assistance or comfort to someone known to be a felon or known to be sought in connection with the commission of a felony
accessary, accessory - someone who helps another person commit a crime
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