L. Fr. To approve or prove; to vouch.
In old English law, an accomplice in crime who accused others of the same offense, and was admitted as a witness at the discretion of the court to give evidence against his companions in guilt. He was vulgarly called "King's Evidence." One who confessed himself guilty of felony and accused others of the same crime to save himself from punishment. If he failed to convict those he accused he was at once hung.
See also antithetarius
At common law, one who brought formal charges against and privately prosecuted one's accomplices. Oliver v. State, 454 A.2d 856, 863, 53 Md.App. 490.
In old English law, certain men sent into the several counties to increase the farms (rents) of hundreds and wapentakes, which formerly were let at a certain value to the sheriff.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Delhi Conspiracy Commission — The Chief Commissioner of Delhi, exercising his special powers under section 3(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, issued an order dated April 9, 1930 constituting a commission, which was known as the Delhi Conspiracy Commission. The Commission …   Wikipedia

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