misprision of a felony
Taking affirmative steps to hide the fact of another's felony. Merely remaining silent when one knows of a felony is not a misprision, but hiding evidence or intentionally misleading law enforcement could be.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

misprision of a felony
n.
   the crime of concealing another's felony (serious crime) from law enforcement officers.
   See also: accessory, aid and abet, felony

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Compounding a felony — was an offence under the common law of England and was classified as a misdemeanour. It consisted of a prosecutor or victim of an offence accepting anything of value under an agreement not to prosecute, or hamper the prosecution of, a felony.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • misprision — 1. n. Law 1 (in full misprision of a felony or of treason) the deliberate concealment of one s knowledge of a crime, treason, etc. 2 a wrong action or omission. Etymology: ME f. AF mesprisioun f. OF mesprison error f. mesprendre to mistake (as… …   Useful english dictionary

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