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conspiracy of silence

An agreement, either explicit or unspoken, among members of a group to keep secret certain information that, if exposed, could be damaging to the group, its interests, or its associates. Knowing that public knowledge of their imminent takeover by the rival company could jeopardize their continued employment thereafter, the board of directors agreed to a strict conspiracy of silence until the deal was finalized. The doctors in the hospital were engaged in a tacit conspiracy of silence, as each knew that bringing to light their colleague's misbehavior could end up damaging their own reputations in the process.
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conspiracy of silence

A tacit or explicit agreement to keep something secret. For example, In this state's medical society there is a conspiracy of silence regarding incompetent practitioners . This term was first used as a complaint about lack of attention, but today it more often refers to remaining silent about something unfavorable or criminal. [Late 1800s]
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Natasha Fraser, 33, from Chervil Drive, Wolverhampton, faced two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and one of conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property.
Albert Morris, 18, of Crescent Road, Dudley, faced two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
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Lawrence Flanagan, 45, of Allendale Road, Byker, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamines.
Ben Angus, 23, of Parklands Avenue, in Billingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
Calvin Smith was convicted of two murders and two counts of conspiracy in 2005 as part of an organized drug enterprise in Washington.
Smith introduced evidence at trial showing that for six years while the drug conspiracy was operating he was in prison for other crimes and was no longer a member of the conspiracy.
The likely reflexive response of many to our suggested approach to conspiracy is that there could not possibly be any First Amendment value in speech designed to plan a criminal act, and even if there were such a value, the obvious societal harm inevitably flowing from such speech categorically outweighs any such benefit.
IF enough isolated individuals pursue the same goal, the effect is indistinguishable from a conspiracy.
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The Liverpool Crown Court jailed a 59-year-old man regarded as the ringleader for a total of 19 years for conspiracy, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Tommy Snr, 52, is charged with conspiracy to hold a person in servitude, conspiracy to require a person to perform forced labour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
1) A conspiracy offense sometimes poses a greater danger to society