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Wharton's Rule

noun 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).

Origin and Etymology of wharton's rule

after Francis Wharton (1820–89), American lawyer and author, who formulated it


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