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).

History and Etymology for Wharton's Rule

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

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