Legal Definition of Wharton's Rule
: a rule that prohibits the prosecution of two persons for conspiracy to commit a particular offense when the offense in question can only be committed by at least two persons
Additional Notes on wharton's rule
Wharton's Rule does not apply when legislative intent is to the contrary (as when the legislation imposes a separate punishment for conspiracy to commit a particular crime).
Origin and Etymology of wharton's rule
after Francis Wharton (1820–89), American lawyer and author, who formulated it
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