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Quote of the Day - The head never rules the heart but just becomes its partner in crime. - Michael McLaughlin

Assisting in a Crime Makes You Guilty of the Crime

Initially, the result in this case seems a bit harsh, but it's actually a time-worn law. Hodgson held a gate open to allow a fellow gang member to shoot and kill a victim. The Court held Hodgson guilty of first-degree murder for assisting in the crime. The shooter was likewise found guilty of first degree murder.

Even if you don't pull the "trigger" that leads to a crime, you're just a guilty as the the person with the gun if you help make it possible. This legal ruling extends to just about every crime committed, so be aware of just what you're participating in.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, August 22, 2003

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