Whar·ton's Rule | \ ˈhwȯrt-ᵊnz- \
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
Note: 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).
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