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Wharton's Rule

noun Whar·ton's Rule \ˈhwȯrt-ənz-\

Legal Definition of Wharton's Rule

  1. :  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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to criticize severely

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