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aid and abet

To assist someone, usually in a mischievous or illegal activity. Gary was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the jewelry thief. I know other kids aided and abetted Paul in egging our house—he's just the only one who got caught.
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aid and abet someone

Cliché to help someone; to incite someone to do something, possibly something that is wrong. (Originally a legal phrase.) He was scolded for aiding and abetting the boys who were fighting.
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aid and abet

FORMAL
If someone aids and abets another person, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. His wife was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for aiding and abetting him. Note: This expression is often used in legal contexts.
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aid and abet

help and encourage someone to do something wrong, especially to commit a crime.
Abet comes from an Old French term meaning ‘to encourage a hound to bite’.
1986 Frank Peretti This Present Darkness She strained to think of…any friend who would still aid and abet a fugitive from the law, without questions.
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aid and abet, to

To assist and promote or encourage something or someone. The pairing of these nearly synonymous verbs, always in this order, comes from criminal law, where it denotes helping, facilitating and promoting the commission of a crime. The verbs themselves are quite old, aid dating from about 1400 and abet from about 1300. Although the term still is principally used in relation to criminal actions, it gradually crept into more general speech, as in “The influx of Canada geese on the golf course, aided and abetted by people feeding them . . .”
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Doubtless, in the course of representing a client, a lawyer gains access to information about his client's affairs, but the fact of legal representation does not itself support the inference of the high degree of scienter necessary to extend fraud liability on aiding and abetting theory.
Aiding and abetting fraud must be pleaded with the specificity sufficient to satisfy CPLR 3016(b).
Use of a weapon of mass destruction; aiding and abetting (four counts.)
Ultimately, this Article concludes that the web of superficially conflicting rulings on the required mental state for aiding and abetting are best harmonized--and future rulings on liability for new technologies best predicted--by looking to the existence of "substantial unoffending uses" for the product or service provided by the technologist accused of aiding and abetting.
(44) Just as unclear rules for intellectual property stifle innovation, (45) so too an ambiguous line between guilt and innocence in aiding and abetting Internet crimes chills those who might otherwise have created the next Google or eBay.
"But it was a bit rich to hear that the Prime Minister has told religious leaders that they should 'stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation' when it seems that his Government is aiding and abetting this aggression every step of the way.
With regard to the intent required to prove aiding and abetting liability under the ATS, the Court holds that knowledge that these acts assist the commission of the offense is the appropriate mens rea and the actus reus consists of practical assistance, encouragement, or moral support which has a substantial effect on the perpetration of the crime.
The statute uses the word "individual" instead of "person," which has been long held to include corporations; the same is not true of the word "individual." The Plaintiffs attempt to argue that an aiding and abetting claim may be asserted against Exxon under TVPA; however, the Court disagrees.
ATS corporate aiding and abetting, a complaint will survive a Rule
THE ALIEN TORT STATUTE AND CORPORATE AIDING AND ABETTING
(16) Part I.C discusses the limits placed on aiding and abetting
entitled Liability for Aiding and Abetting Securities Violations Act of
(96) That was because those whose role was limited to aiding and abetting anti-fraud securities laws typically were sued as primary violators, and were recognized by courts to have violated section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (97) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said of the latest incident: "A man, aged 48, was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting the attempted suicide of his wife.
(3) But even more surprising is that all three lenders could be convicted of the same felony as the borrowers because of a disparity in the current federal gun laws and the convoluted application of the federal aiding and abetting statute.