accessory before the fact


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 before the fact and the principal in the second degree is presence. Virtually all states have now expressly abrogated the distinction between principals and accessories before the fact; the latter now being classified as principals
See also accessory

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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