Aiding & Abetting- Federal
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 Aiding and Abetting- 18 U.S.C. 2
 
To “aid and abet” means intentionally to help someone else commit a crime. To establish aiding and abetting, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) someone else committed the charged crime and (2) the Accused associated himself/herself in some way with the crime and participated in it as he/she would in something he/she wished to bring about. This means that the government must prove that the Accused consciously shared the other person's knowledge of the underlying criminal act and intended to help him/her.  The Accused need not perform the underlying criminal act, be present when it is performed, or be aware of the details of its execution to be guilty of aiding and abetting. But a general suspicion that an unlawful act may occur or that something criminal is happening is not enough. Mere presence at the scene of a crime and knowledge that a crime is being committed are also not sufficient to establish aiding and abetting.
An act is done “willfully” if done voluntarily and intentionally with the intent that something the law forbids be done—that is to say with bad purpose, either to disobey or disregard the law.
 

 
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