Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Confessing a capital offense after indictment and before pleading and accusing another of it. See 26 111. 344.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    By the common law, approvement is said to be a species of confession, and incident to the arraignment of a prisoner indicted for treason or felony, who confesses the fact before plea pleaded, and appeals or .accuses others, hls accomplices in the same crime, in order to obtain his own pardon. In this case he is called an "approver," or "prover," "probator," and the party appealed or accused is called the "appellee." Such approvement can only be in capital offenses, and it ls, as it were, equivalent to an indictment, since the appellee Is equally called upon to answer it. Gray v. People, 26 III. 344 ; Whiskey Cases, 99 U S. 599. 25 L. Ed. 399: State v. Graham, 41 N. J. Law, 15, 32 Am. Rep. 174.