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.
Winkle, 'or if the doctor falls, you, my dear friend, will be tried as an accessory before the fact.
Grimes must be rigidly held to answer as an accessory before the fact.
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--
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.
Worcester, disturbing a correctional facility, guilty, $50 fine, $50 victim witness assessment; accessory before the fact, dismissed; delivering an article to a prisoner, dismissed.