|2.||(Law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.|
|Noun||1.||accomplice - a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)|
ACCOMPLICE, crim. law. This term includes in its meaning, all persons who
have been concerned in the commission of a crime, all particepes crimitis,
whether they are considered in strict legal propriety, as principals in the
first or second degree, or merely as accessaries before or after the fact.
Foster, 341; 1 Russell, 21; 4 Bl. Com. 331; 1 Phil. Ev. 28; Merlin,
Repertoire, mot Complice. U. S. Dig. h.t.
2. But in another sense, by the word accomplice is meant, one who not being a principal, is yet in some way concerned in the commission of a crime. It has been questioned, whether one who was an accomplice to a suicide can be punished as such. A case occurred in Prussia where a soldier, at the request of his comrade, had cut the latter in pieces; for this he was tried capitally. In the year 1817, a young woman named Leruth received a recompense for aiding a man to kill himself. He put the point of a bistouri on his naked breast, and used the hand of the young woman to plunge it with greater force into his bosom; hearing some noise he ordered her away. The man receiving effectual aid was soon cured of the wound which had been inflicted; and she was tried and convicted of having inflicted the wound, and punished by ten years' imprisonment. Lepage, Science du Droit, ch. 2 art. 3, Sec. 5. The case of Saul, the king of Israel, and his armor bearer, (1 Sam. xxxi. 4,) and of David and the Amelekite, (2 Sam. i. 2-16,) will doubtless occur to the reader.