COMPOUNDING A FELONY
The act of a party immediately aggrieved, who
agrees with a thief or other felon that he will not prosecute him, on condition
that he return to him the goods stolen, or who takes a reward not to prosecute.
This is an offence punishable by fine and imprisonment. The mere retaking
by the owner of stolen goods is no offence, unless the offender is not to
be prosecuted. Hale, P. C. 546 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 4.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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