A “conspiracy” is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime. A married man and his mistress, for example, may plot to kill his wife and collect the insurance money. But in order for the crime to be committed, more is required than a mere agreement. One of the conspirators must do an “overt act” that furthers the conspiracy. Suppose that after making the agreement with his mistress, the man buys a gun to kill his wife with. The husband and mistress are guilty of conspiracy because buying the gun to achieve the goal of the conspiracy – killing the wife – was the necessary overt act. If the two now have a change of hearth and decide to forget the whole thing, they are still guilty of conspiracy. The underlying crime – here, murder – does not actually have to be completed.
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