Accomplice Witness

Accomplice Witness

A witness to a crime who, either as principal, Accomplice, or Accessory, was connected with the crime by unlawful act or omission on his or her part, transpiring either before, at time of, or after commission of the offense, and whether or not he or she was present and participated in the crime.

Generally, there can be no conviction solely on the basis of what is said by an accomplice witness; there must be evidence from an unrelated source to corroborate the witness's testimony.

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Tongo was the only accomplice witness, she said, adding that such evidence should be treated with "caution".
48) </pre> <p>In approving the trial judge's action, the Ninth Circuit stated: "Indeed, the Supreme Court has indicated that a district court does not err in giving an accomplice witness instruction favoring the prosecution.
Similarly, the Hawai'i Supreme Court has held that "in some cases in which the testimony of an accomplice substantially aids the prosecution's proof, a trial court may act properly within its discretion if it refuses or otherwise fails to give an accomplice witness instruction.