Listen to RM252: When Is Entrapment Not Entrapment?
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Tonight’s podcast takes a deep dive into online stings where police officers pose as teens in adult chat rooms. Our guest has done independent research on the legality of these type of cases. We explore them from a child safety situation and conclude that men propositioning minors in adult chat rooms does not happen unless the officers impersonate teens.
We discuss the history of these stings, how they work, and why law enforcement’s actions are entrapping men in these on-line sex stings. Unfortunately, law enforcement and the courts explain these are not stings, but legitimate methods to find people they call “potential predators.”
After a lengthy and detailed discussion, we spend several minutes on the latest developments of the tragic case of Stephen May, who was sentenced to 75 years. The question is whether a judgment rendered after a habeas petition or has been unconditionally released with no collateral consequences and where the state does not dispute that the Petitioner was no longer quote in custody pursuant to the United States Code 28. United States Code subsection 2254 is void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. In other words, did the court loses jurisdiction by granting habeas relief and ordering Steven May’s immediate relief. That’s the argument being made to the Supreme Court.
[03:15] Introduction of guest and background of online sting operations.
[25:01] Focus on why it is a crime if an actual adult is soliciting and how law enforcement and the courts respond to that argument.
[37:25] The process of raising an entrapment defense in court.
[54:17] Latest developments in the Stephen May versus David Shin case.
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2 thoughts on “RM252: When Is Entrapment Not Entrapment?”
Is it possible to contact your guest today? I’m interested in her work on this topic . We have also been impacted by entrapment.
certainly. I’ll share your email address w/ her.