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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and to find the defendant guilty in this case only of accessory after the fact would be to give him a free pass out of jail.
The error in this case was particularly prejudicial because accessory after the fact was a crucial aspect of the defense and the only alternative to total guilt or acquittal,'' Farley said in his motion.