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Criminal Justice Paper
Criminal Justice Essay
Charles Hampton v. United States, 425 U.S. 484 (1976)
The petitioner sold heroin to DEA agents. It was a government informant who had supplied him with the heroin. Mr. Hampton was charged with a federal offense of distribution of heroin contrary to 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) (Hampton v. United States ). The District Court convicted him and the Court of Appeals affirmed despite Hampton's argument that he was entitled to the entrapment defense despite his predisposition to commit the crime. The petitioner had also argued that his due process right was violated by the outrageous conduct of government agents of supplying him with a drug and then arresting him. The US Supreme Court affirmed the lower courts.
- Whether the government violated the petitioner’s due process rights by supplying him with heroin and charging him with a federal offense
- Whether the applicant’s predisposition to commit the crime in question made an entrapment defense unavailable to him
The police action did not violate the defendant’s due process rights and his disposition to commit the crime made it impossible for him to successfully plead the defense of entrapment.
The court reasoned that the petitioner was simply an unwary offender who had readily availed himself of the opportunity to perpetrate a crime, hence this predisposition was fatal to his entrapment defense. The court’s reasoning was also that as stated in Sherman v. United States (1658) and Sorrells v. the United States (1932), the focus of the entrapment defense is the defendant's predisposition or intent to commit the crime in question and not on a government agent's conduct or misconduct. ..............GET A PLAGIARISM FREE COPY