accessory after the fact

A person who assists or protects someone wanted by the police in connection with a crime.

...some of that atrocious wickedness in Jones, ... might perhaps be derived from the encouragement he had received from this fellow, who ... had been what the law calls an accessary after the fact...


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  • accessory after the fact — accessory after the fact: accessory (2) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. accessory after the fact …   Law dictionary

  • accessory after the fact — ► LAW someone who helps a person after they have committed a crime, for example by hiding them from the police Main Entry: ↑accessory …   Financial and business terms

  • accessory after the fact — A person who, knowing a felony to have been committed by another, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the felon, in order to enable him to escape from punishment, or the like. Robinson v. State, 5 Md.App. 723, 249 A.2d 504, 507; 18 U.S.C.A.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • accessory after the fact — partner after the fact, person who aids a criminal after the latter commits the illegal act (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • accessory after the fact — noun 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 • Hypernyms: ↑accessory, ↑accessary * * * noun see accessory I …   Useful english dictionary

  • accessory after the fact — noun see accessory I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accessory after the fact — A person who, knowing a felony to have been committed, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon, or in any manner aids him to escape arrest. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 126 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • accessory before the fact — One who orders, counsels, encourages, or otherwise aids and abets another to commit a felony and who is not present at the commission of the offense. Com. v. Leach, 455 Pa. 448, 317 A.2d 293, 294. The primary distinction between the accessory… …   Black's law dictionary

  • accessory during the fact — One who stands by without interfering or giving such help as may be in his power to prevent the commission of a criminal offense See also accessory accessory before the fact accessory after the fact …   Black's law dictionary

  • accessory before the fact — noun a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration • Hypernyms: ↑accessory, ↑accessary * * * noun see accessory I * * * accessory before (or after) the fact Law …   Useful english dictionary

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