KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Criminal Defense: Entrapment

2.6 criminal defense: Entrapment

Should the Government Engage in Stash House Stings?

Learning Objectives

  • Know the purpose of the entrapment defense.
  • Understand the due process, outrageous government conduct standard for entrapment.
  • Comprehend how and why stash house stings are used to detect criminal activity.
  • Know the arguments for and against stash house stings.

Support Stash House Stings

Judge Raymond Fisher, majority opinion, United States v. Black, 733 F.3d 294 (9th Cir. 2013)

Oppose Stash House Stings

Judge John T. Noonan, dissenting, United States v. Black, 733 F.3d 294 (9th Cir. 2013)


At what point has the government gone too far and created rather than detected ongoing criminal activity? A defendant invoking the entrapment defense claims that the government created the crime with which he or she is charged and that as a ...

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