accessory before the fact


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accessory before the fact

n.
Law An accessory who assists a lawbreaker prior to the commission of that crime.
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Noun1.accessory before the fact - a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration
accessary, accessory - someone who helps another person commit a crime
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The grand jury presently indicted Luigi for murder in the first degree, and Angelo as accessory before the fact. The twins were transferred from the city jail to the county prison to await trial.
Winkle, 'or if the doctor falls, you, my dear friend, will be tried as an accessory before the fact. Shall I involve my friend in transportation--possibly for life!' Mr.
Grimes must be rigidly held to answer as an accessory before the fact. If the pilgrims would take deliberate aim and shoot at a man, it would be all right and proper--because that man would not be in any danger; but these random assaults are what I object to.
'The sessions are on,' said Kags: 'if they get the inquest over, and Bolter turns King's evidence: as of course he will, from what he's said already: they can prove Fagin an accessory before the fact, and get the trial on on Friday, and he'll swing in six days from this, by G--!'
If a person leaves a bottle of pills on a table next to another person and walks away aware that the odds favour that person's mental instability and might result in their being imbibed he or she is then an accessory before the fact and a co-conspirator in the death of that person thereby also being an accessory after the fact.
The VAAP Act addresses several forms of violence that include abuse, accessory, accessory before the fact, battering, circumcision or genital mutilation, damage to property, use of dangerous weapons directed to a person, discrimination, exploitation, economic abuse, harassment and harmful traditional practices, as well as emotional, verbal and psychological abuse.
"So it may well be that he's currently held without bond when the most serious thing he may have done is acted as an accessory after the fact to capital murder, not as an accomplice or an accessory before the fact."