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Entrapment In Ohio


Margaret Barker


Police commonly pose as drug buyers, conspirators in bribery schemes, prostitutes, burglars, and receivers of stolen property in order to apprehend criminals. Does police involvement in these crimes constitute entrapment? Not necessarily. Entrapment, as distinguished from mere deception, occurs when the police, in order to prosecute a crime, induce a person to commit a crime which he would not ordinarily commit. A defendant who has been entrapped is entitled to an acquittal. This seems simple enough, but police, defendants, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges have discovered that fine lines separate permissible and impermissible police activity. It is not easy, therefore, to articulate a test for entrapment or to establish procedures for invoking the defense.

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