guilt by association


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Noun1.guilt by association - the attribution of guilt (without proof) to individuals because the people they associate with are guilty
guilt, guiltiness - the state of having committed an offense
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It is not always clear what these sinister characters had to do with MCA, and Moldea repeatedly swings the yellow brush of "guilt by association.' If it weren't the Mob we would all cry foul, there is so much innuendo and so little proof offered.
Second, the law uses guilt by association. If the State Department labels a group as terrorist then all of its members and supporters, even if they were never involved in any act of violence, can be excluded or deported from the United States.
The metaphor is emotionally powerful, but logically it amounts to guilt by association, no more valid than a funnel with clean-water advocates at the mouth, radical environmentalists in the middle, and the Unabomber popping out the end.
National Union of Peoples' Lawyer (NUPL) President Edre Olalia took a swipe at President Rodrigo Duterte's 'persistent rants' against Left-leaning activist groups, saying there could not be 'guilt by association,' or tagging an individual or organization as 'terrorist' just because of their supposed links with the communist rebels.
"We call it guilt by association. Based on over 50 million scientific observations, AraNet contains over 1 million linkages of the 19,600 genes in the tiny, experimental mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana," she said.
"There was an apology because many of them have had a pretty rotten time this year because of 'guilt by association' when they have done nothing wrong," said the spokesman.
Bashir's lawyer Mahendradatta said his client was a victim of guilt by association.
The prohibition on guilt by association should apply equally to the Democratic Party and the PFLP, but it does not.
The House cut provisions that would expand the wire-tapping powers of the federal government, revive guilt by association, allow for the summary deportation of suspected terrorists, and target groups in the United States suspected of raising money for terrorist activity abroad.
Such acts deserve our support, they should not be made as basis to infer guilt by association. Let us not discourage the likes of Cuneta and Rock Ed from providing inmates the care and support they badly need.
"If grilling people about their private lives, accusing them of guilt by association and openly abusing them is a legitimate interview then, frankly, I don't know where we are coming."
As David Jones now realises belatedly, it is inevitable that one's political opponents will seize any opportunity to indulge in the time-honoured tradition of guilt by association.