Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

  It is a fact that most people do not like to hear bad news, and frequently blame the messenger.  This can be true when the undisclosed facts have little impact on their lives; but the wish to not believe the facts increases exponentially when their own lives will be impacted or those they love embarrassed.
          When the secret is exposed, a curious process begins. 
     Those who were privy to such a ‘secret,’ and who profited by cooperation, face the possibility of being named as accessories.  Depending on whether or not they benefited from the original crime or the on-going cover-up, the deniability is just as intense. 
        Perhaps unwittingly, others have become part of a conspiracy, but then realized they were covering up for a felony, for instance arson, theft, fraud and wrongful death.   Want to know what the law says?    Interestingly, you can be guilty of felony conspiracy even if the original act was a civil crime. 
                                                                                                                                                                See   Criminal Conspiracy, Cornell