[And no, I don’t need the answer fast… Nor do any of my friends :)]
This came up in the context of the saying “a good friend helps you move; a true friend helps you hide the body”.
So, let’s say I’m a very good friend, yet balk at personally hands-on helping to “hide the body”. At what level of involvement do I become guilty of being an accessory, and to what? Assuming I wasn’t aware of any plans to murder the person - my friend shows up at my door in a panic and claiming “it was an accident” - what can I be charged with under the following scenarios:
1 - I turn him away at the door, and:
1a - Do not pick up a phone to turn him in to the cops, but would tell all I know under questioning (which may never happen)
1b - Claim I know nothing about it even if asked by the cops, but admit he came to me if they present proof of him doing so
1c - Even when they show proof that he visited me, claim he never mentioned “the body” but just asked to borrow money/crash for the night, until maybe caught in that lie
1b and 1c are obviously perjury charges, but is 1c worse?
2 - I refuse to personally help him dispose of the body, but in some combination:
2a - Give him no material aid, but suggest a strategy for disposing of the body (which he implements)
2b - Give him personal aid, like a change of clothes, food or shelter, but nothing related to the corpse
2c - Give him significant financial aid (a couple thousand bucks in cash)
2d - Give him material aid in his cover-up (lend him a pickup truck, shovels, chainsaw, rubber piping, etc., that I have lying around)
Are any of these worse, independently or in conjunction with anything else from Category 1 or 2?