Key Assignments

I. Introduction

Entrapment is an act where the legal officers compel, aperson to commit an offense.

II. Sherman v. the United States

a) Facts

The case involved Sherman as the petitioner and the US government.

It was argued on January 16, 1958, and it was decided on May 19th, 1958.

b) Issues

The petitioner was arrested after making other three independent narcotic transactions.

Sherman pleaded entrapment by the government.

the appellate court overturned claimed Sherman was entrapped

c) Decision

The district court affirmed that Sharman was not coerced to the informer proposals.

The appellate court found proved that the informer beguiled the petitioner.

d) Reasoning

There was no evidence that they were related to drug trafficking.

The government was found guilty for the petitioner’s relapse to drug use.

III. Case number two: Jacobson v. UNITED STATE

a. Facts

Jacobson bought two magazines about teenage pornography although it was not illegal.

The defendant claimed that he expected the contents of the magazines to be of 18 years and above.

b. Issues

Jacobson was arrested purchasing two magazines distributed by the government.

The defendant pleaded the government entrapment at his trial.

c. Decision

The government failed to prove that the defendant waspredisposed to commit an offense.

The defendant appealed that he was predisposed to act when it was not illegal.

d. Reasoning

The government did not prove that Jacobson was predisposed to commit an offense.

The government was wrong because it designed a crime and inducing an innocent mind into an offense.

e. Dissecting opinions

The government failed to prove that Jacobson had committed about to undertake to commit a crime.

The government designed crime and dragged an innocent mind into the offense.

IIII. Case number three: Hampton v. the United States

A. Facts

The case was argued on 1st December 1975 and decided on 27, April 1976.

The district court convicted the defendant because of selling heroin which was supplied by DEA informant.

B. Issues

The government supplied the defendant with the contraband in the process of investigation which denied him the due process.

Secondly, the case involves two independent sales to the DEA agents.

The case involves two independent sales to the DEA agents.

C. Decision

The case involved selling the controlled substances to the DEA agents.

The defendant argued that he was unaware that he was selling a heroine.

The court of appeal affirmed that Hampton conviction and rejected his claim.

D. Reasoning

The court argued the defendant failed to prove that he was entrapped.

The defendant argued he was denied the due process.

E. Dissenting opinion

The probable cause of the defendant parking at the street light

V. Questions

1. Probably, the defendant was waiting for someone to supplying him with items

The validity of the entrapment defense

2. Yes, the government had no proof that the defendant waspredisposed to commit the offense

The government designed the offense and beguiled an innocent mind into performing the offense.

3. Whether an opportunity is the same as entrapment

No, because an opportunity involves a person who was predisposed to perform a criminal act.

4. In case the substance was marijuana

Misdemeanor arises when an individual is holding less than 28.5 grams of marijuana

A felony arises when the defendant possesses 1 kg and above.

VI. Conclusion

Entrapment becomes valid when a defendant that “helacked the predisposition to perform an offense” and “the government designed a crime.

  • Address the following in 1,250–1,500 words:
  • Research and provide 2–3 case briefs on specific case law related to the entrapment defense as it may or may not apply in the case scenario.
    • Your case briefs should follow this format:
      • Title: Title of the selected case
      • Facts: Summary of the events, court timeline, evidence, and so forth
      • Issues: Issues that were present in this case
      • Decisions: The court’s decision and the conclusion to the case
      • Reasoning: The rationale behind the final decision
      • Dissenting opinions: Any dissenting opinions, and an explanation of what they were and why they were raised
  • Answer the following questions:
    • Did you have probable cause to approach the defendant while he was parked at the traffic light? Why or why not? Defend your answer.
    • Do you feel that the entrapment defense is a valid one, considering the assignment scenario? Why or why not? Defend your answer.
    • Is providing the opportunity for someone to commit a crime the same as entrapment? Why or why not?
    • If the substance were marijuana, how much would be needed for a misdemeanor charge? A felony?
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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