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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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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.
Interference with commerce by threats and violence; 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.
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.
In a 36-page document submitted to the judge, the prosecutors separately accused the three of aiding and abetting juvenile prostitution from September 2009 until May 2010.
Much of the impetus to impose aiding and abetting liability on
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.
But automatically applying the same (strict liability) mens rea standard to the aider and abettor (the one loaning or selling the gun)--which is precisely what the federal aiding and abetting statute requires (7)--clashes with the congressional intent behind [section] 922(d).
This Note analyzes the "eighteenth-century paradigm" of the law of nations as prescribed by the Court for the purposes of refining one of the most contested issues in international law today: corporate aiding and abetting liability for human rights abuses.
Regardless of the context in which it is alleged, aiding and abetting liability is well-settled; indeed, secondary liability arising from concerted action traces back for centuries.
Asked if YouTube and other popular video-sharing sites should be prosecuted for aiding and abetting as well, he said: "It's a straight question and my straight answer is yes.
This operation is linked to an allegation of aiding and abetting and is linked to other allegations relating to other alleged terrorism-related activities," she said.
Why in the world is the Bush administration using up the US military and its weapons systems in Iraq, a country that was no threat whatsoever to the US, while aiding and abetting China's rapidly growing economic and military power?
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied two charges of aiding and abetting a male person in rape when he appeared before a special sitting of Craigavon Magistrates Court.
If this is our community's answer, then we are in a lot more trouble than I had ever imagined, and I hold The Advocate partly responsible for aiding and abetting such thinking as if it is an answer.