Similarly to Title 42 Action for Neglect to Prevent, “Aiding & Abetting” can be charged when someone is actually assisting the crime that is being committed. Action for Neglect to Prevent differs because it stipulates that “they could have prevented it without putting themselves in harm’s way- but chose to do nothing instead“. Aiding & Abetting means they performed a conscious effort to assist:
Transcript of Code:
18 U.S.C. 2. Principals
(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.
(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the United States, is punishable as a principal.
: U.S. Federal District Court in Massachussets on “Aiding & Abetting”: www.mad.uscourts.gov/resources/pattern2003/html/patt1jsi.htm