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Failure to report an offence. The former crime of misprision of felony has now been replaced by the crime of compounding an offence. However, the common-law offence of misprision of treason still exists; this occurs if a person knows or reasonably suspects that someone has committed treason but does not inform the proper authorities within a reasonable time. The punishment for this offence is forfeiture by the offender of all his property during his lifetime.

Subjects: Law.

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