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BCJ2000 Columbia Southern Unit IV Wisconsin Law Journal Criminal Critique

BCJ2000 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Columbia Southern University

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Unit IV Article Critique

Using the CSU Online Library, please locate an article regarding entrapment. Your article should be no more than five years old and should come from a professional or scholarly journal. After reading the article and briefly summarizing the purpose for the study, address the following questions:

What the main point of the article?

Who is the intended audience?

Do the arguments offered by the author(s) support the article’s main point?

What evidence supports the main point?

What is your opinion of the article? Do you agree with the article’s findings?

What evidence, either from the textbook or additional sources, supports your opinion?

Your paper should be a minimum of three pages in length, not counting the title page and references. Use APA format for your paper, including all references and in-text citations.

This is the article for the above:

Criminal Procedure -- entrapment

Wisconsin Law Journal. (June 16, 2014):

Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2014 BridgeTower Media Holding Company, LLC


Full Text:


U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit


Criminal Procedure -- entrapment

Where a government informant befriended the defendant, introduced him to child pornography, and pestered the defendant for weeks to deliver child pornography to him, the district court erred in not giving an entrapment instruction to the jury.

"Elliott himself characterized McGill as a loner with few other friends, living in near isolation. And the jury had before it McGill's confession to Elliott of his social anxiety. Elliott alone could have traded on McGill's insecurities to make the number of telephone calls that he did in a brief period of time. The jury heard many of those conversations, and Elliott conceded that whenever McGill innocently turned the discussion to one of many subjects unrelated to child pornography, as he often did, Elliott would do his best to steer McGill back to the single objective of the FBI's investigation: convincing him to download child pornography for Elliott, his friend."

Reversed and Remanded.

12-3490 U.S. v. McGill

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Gottschall, J., Rovner, J.

[c] 2014 Dolan Media Newswires. All Rights Reserved.


Source Citation (MLA 8th Edition)"Criminal Procedure -- entrapment." Wisconsin Law Journal, 16 June 2014. Criminal Justice Collection, Accessed 20 July 2018.

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UNIT IV Article Critique
Institutional Affiliation



Article Reviewed: Wisconsin Law Journal (June 16, 2014), Criminal Procedure - entrapment.
The main point of the article
In the article Criminal Procedure - entrapment by Wisconsin Law Journal (2014), the writer
outlines the truths of the case that suggests that the district court should have instructed the jury
on the entrapment scenario of the case. It states that the informant, Elliot, was the defendant's,
McGill's, friend. Insisting on the fact that he was the one who introduced McGill into child
pornography, and that when he became an FBI informer, he pushed McGill into committing the
crime so that he could be arrested. This article goes on to show evidence from the court hearing
that should have persuaded the court to give the jury an entrapment instruction. It then states, that
had it done so, the jury verdict would have been different.
Target audience
The targeted audience seems to be people of law. The language used and the terms
describing the different situations were intended to deliver specific messages to law enthusiasts,
professionals, and law scholars. For instance, the title of the article is a terminology not well known

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