Entrapment “Legally” Defined

The following definition for “entrapment” is taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition):



The inducement of one to commit a crime not contemplated by him, for the mere purpose of instituting a criminal prosecution against him [People v. Makovsky, 3 Cal 2d 366, 44 P2d 536; State v. Marquardt, 139 Conn 1, 89 A2d 219, 31 ALR2d 1206]. Measures used to entrap a person into crime in order, by making him a criminal, to aid the instigator in the accomplishment of some corrupt private purpose of his own [Woo Wai v. United States (CA9 Cal) 223 F 412].

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