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NCJ Number: 118810 Find in a Library
Title: Enforcing the Criminal Sanction (From Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook, P 9.1-9.54, 1988, Gerald F Uelmen and Victor G Haddox, -- See NCJ-118803)
Author(s): G F Uelmen; V G Haddox
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 54
Sponsoring Agency: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
New York, NY 10014
Sale Source: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police legal limitations in the use of techniques and strategies for detecting and obtaining evidence for drug law offenses pertain to the disclosure of informants, entrapment, search and seizure, and selective enforcement.
Abstract: The defendant's right to a full defense may require the disclosure of the identity of informants who provided the information leading to the defendant's arrest. The guarantee of anonymity, however, is often a condition for the informant's help. Police must be aware of the extent to which an informant can be involved in a transaction without creating a substantial risk that the informant's identity will later have to be revealed. The defense of entrapment may be available to a defendant who contends he would not have committed the crime but for the enticements of undercover officers. Police must show that any reluctance the defendant may have had to commit the offense was based on the fear of getting caught. The exclusionary rule, which makes evidence obtained in violation of the defendant's constitutional rights inadmissible at trial, presents unique problems in drug cases. Also, drug defendants may claim discriminatory prosecution in attempting to show they were singled out as a target for police and prosecution efforts.
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses; Police legal limitations
Index Term(s): Entrapment; Exclusionary rule; Informants; Selective enforcement
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