Definition of Accessory before the fact

1. Noun. A person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration.

Generic synonyms: Accessary, Accessory

Definition of Accessory before the fact

1. Noun. (legal) one who commands or counsels an offense, not being present at its commission. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Accessory Before The Fact

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accessory chromosome
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Literary usage of Accessory before the fact

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Trial of Theodore Parker: For the "misdemeanor" of a Speech in Faneuil by Theodore Parker (1855)
"... is principal; and A. who gave the poison to JS, and was absent when it was taken, is but accessory before the fact. But if A. buyeth poison for JS, ..."

2. Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare: With Explanations of the Legal Terms by Edward Joseph White (1911)
"accessory before the fact. 316. Avouch. 317. Disputing •with Lunatic. 318. Clothing villany with "holy writ." 319. Warrant no protection against murder. ..."

3. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1895)
"In California, "the distinction between an accessory before the fact and a principal," is abrogated. California Penal Code 1885, § 971 ; People г: Rozelle, ..."

4. A Treatise on Crimes and Misdemeanors by William Oldnall Russell (1877)
""Whosoever shall become an accessory before the fact to any felony, whether the same be a felony at common law or by virtue of any Act passed or to be ..."

5. Roscoe's Digest of the Law of Evidence in Criminal Cases by Henry Roscoe (1888)
"64), that a person charged as an accessory before the fact may be convicted even ... The evidence went to show that B. was an accessory before the fact, ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1876)
"accessory before the fact. An accessory before the fact is he who, being absent at the time of the felony committed, does yet procure, counsel, ..."

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