Is There Any Honor Amongst Thieves?

Is there any honor among thieves?

I’ve often heard the old saying that “There’s no honor among thieves” (or something along those lines), and I assume that there’s no honor among other types of miscreants as well.

Anyhoo, I think that there is no honor among thieves (unless it’s Robin Hood & His Merry Men) and maybe Ali Baba & Company, but I can’t say for sure.

So, is there any honor among thieves?

Not among most criminal defendants, at least those not bound by Omerta or similar oaths. A common defense strategy is to win the race to the DA’s office to cut a deal to testify against the other guy.

Not unless they know about the prisoner’s dilemma.