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in criminal law, a person who, though not present at the commission of a crime, becomes a participator in the crime either before or after the fact of commission. An accessory before the fact is one whose counsel or instigation leads another to commit a crime.
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It is you and your accomplice who have to dread punishment, not I."
"Oh, I am not afraid of you or your accomplice," she answered spiritedly.
Whether the man personating a mechanic was, or was not, an accomplice in the crime, it is impossible to say.
Either the servant was the accomplice of his master, and in this case the master knew of his operations, and he should fail; or else the servant knew nothing about the robbery, and then his interest would be to abandon the robber.
Ferrari never knew that her husband had been--not, as she supposed, the Countess's victim-- but the Countess's accomplice. She still believed that the late Lord Montbarry had sent her the thousand-pound note, and still recoiled from making use of a present which she persisted in declaring had
"I am the ghost's accomplice? I?...His accomplice in what, pray?"
"Were the accomplices of Ravaillac or of Jacques Clement ever known?"
A THIEF who had brought a suit against his accomplices to recover his share of the plunder taken from an Honest Man, demanded the Honest Man's attendance at the trial to testify to his loss.
He became involved in a palace intrigue, and only saved himself by betraying his accomplices. In the end he was banished, and finally put to death by the Emperor's order.
Why, by forcing them to assist in this pillage, have they been made accomplices in it?
Fouquet had accomplices, or even that he was guilty?
We are supposed to be the accomplices of mad Anne Catherick, who claims the name, the place, and the living personality of dead Lady Glyde.