Thursday, February 21, 2008

Entrapment or Outrageous Government Conduct

When one thinks of entrapment he imagines a police officer in drag fishing for Johns. All the officer is doing is making himself available for a crime to be committed. This is acceptable, one supposes.

But, what if the police officer then said to the John. "I will not charge you if you go home and get your father, I mean 'Dickie' or whatever I am supposed to call him, to give you $40,000 to pay to me." Should this be acceptable?

My conscience tells it is not. But, does the law allow this sort of "entrapment" to take place? I hope not.