Verbatim
California Lawyer

Verbatim

January 2014

"The United States has enormous resources that could be used to tempt and trap criminals. If these resources are deployed to bring an ongoing criminal enterprise to justice, the country is well served. If these resources are deployed to fire the imaginations of dreamers of easy wealth and turn them to conspiring to commit a crime, our government has been the oppressor of its people."

- Ninth U.S. Circuit Judge John T. Noonan dissenting in U.S. v. Black (733 F.3d 294, 318 (9th Cir. 2013)) after the majority affirmed the drug trafficking convictions of four men who claimed federal agents entrapped them by inducing them to plan a robbery (by helping them and telling them the target warehouse held a drug stash).

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