Wharton's Rule
Whar·ton's Rule /'hwȯrt-ənz-/ n [after Francis Wharton (1820–89), American lawyer and author, who formulated it]: 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
◇ 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).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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