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Definition of Accessory after the fact

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partner after the fact, person who aids a criminal after the latter commits the illegal act (Law)
Accessory after the fact Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Noun
1. 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
(hypernym) accessory, accessary
Accessory after the fact Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Whoever, knowing that an offense has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact; one who knowing a felony to have been committed by another, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon in order to hinder the felon's apprehension, trial, or punishment. U.S.C. 18
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A person who harbors or assists a criminal knowingthat he or she has committed a felony or is sought in connection with a crime.
Accessory after the fact Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. The distinction between an accessory and a principal is a question of fact and degree:
  • The principal is the one whose acts or omissions, accompanied by the relevant mens rea (Latin for "guilty mind"), are the most immediate cause of the actus reus (Latin for "guilty act").
  • If two or more people are directly responsible for the actus reus, they can be charged as joint principals (see common purpose). The test to distinguish a joint principal from an accessory is whether the defendant independently contributed to causing the actus reus rather than merely giving generalised and/or limited help and encouragement.

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