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"There's a pretty clear case of entrapment." They're trying to get WikiLeaks the same way.

Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officials or agents induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn't be committed.

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It doesn't apply in cases of willful lawless intent. Government may aid, abet, or facilitate doing so.

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Entrapment involves government officials or agents initiating the idea, persuading victims to go along. Otherwise they'd have had no intent or willingness to do so.

Prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that subjects weren't entrapped. Otherwise due process convictions are prohibited.

When Washington wants them, judicial fairness seldom occurs. Guilt by accusation suffices. Juries are intimidated to convict. Right-wing judges actively assist.

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FBI officials made Stratfor documents available. Whether or not the company was involved isn't clear. Entrapping Hammond was "a government-made crime," said Ratner.

Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska denied Hammond bail. Her ruling was hostile. It included "really bad errors in it that I think should be remedied in his entitlement to bail."

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