Sorrells v. United States

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Sorrells v. United States by Charles Evans Hughes

Sorrells v. United States, 287 U.S. 435 (1932), is a Supreme Court|United States Supreme Court|Supreme Court case in which the justices unanimously recognized the entrapment defense. However, while the majority opinion by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes located the key to entrapment in the defendant's predisposition or lack thereof to commit the crime, Owen Josephus Roberts' concurring opinion proposed instead that it be rooted in an analysis of the conduct of the law enforcement agents making the arrest. Although the Court has stuck with predisposition, the dispute has hung over entrapment jurisprudence ever since. Excerpted from Sorrells v. United States on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

287 U.S. 435

Sorrells  v.  United States

 Argued: Nov. 8, 1932. --- Decided: Dec 19, 1932

Messrs. A. Hall Johnston and John Y. Jordan, Jr., both of Asheville, N.C., for petitioner.

[Argument of Counsel from page 436 intentionally omitted]

The Attorney General and Mr. Thomas D.Thacher, Sol. Gen., of Washington, D.C., for the United States.

[Argument of Counsel from page 437 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Chief Justice HUGHES delivered the opinion of the Court.


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