Accomplice, in law, a person who takes part with another in a crime either as a principal or as an accessory. In a criminal trial the general rule is that a defendant cannot be convicted on the unsupported testimony of an accomplice.
It's a pretty straightforward question with an obvious answer, right? Well, yes, until you start peering at both federal and state laws. That's when things start to get interesting.
In their own vision of themselves, Yakuza descend from Robin-Hood-like characters who defended villages from bandits. Today, they operate as a collection of criminal gangs.