My fiance and I were having an argument about the what isa legitimate bust for what I refer to as “thought crime”
(See “entrapemnt on the web”- I’m taking some from that)
Adult policewoman lures pedo with internet conversations to meet with her. He goes to meet her, there is no underage person present anywhere. He’s busted. For what? THINKING he was going to meet an underage person that doesn’t exist? How is that valid?
I offer you oregano and call it pot, you pay me for it, thinking it is. Can you be busted for THINKING you were buying pot? Is this any different from example 1? How?
You offer me money to kill your wife. The very act of making the offer is a crime, is it not? A completely different scenario.
You are a cop with a truck full of television boxes loaded with dirt. You tell everyone in the neighborhood that the truck is open with tvs hanging out the back, ripe for the picking. Everyone goes and snags a box marked “TV”. Can these people be busted for THINKING they were stealing televisions? Or could they only be busted for stealing boxes full of dirt?
Cops pose as buyers of stolen goods. You offer to sell them some. You have committed a crime in possessing and attempting to sell the goods. (My hunny thought I disagreed with this example for some reason)
Is it a crime in the US to THINK about having sex with a child?
Is it crime to THINK you are buying pot?
Is it a crime to THINK you are stealing a TV set?
Can anyone think of other examples where no true crime was actually committed, but the “perpetrator” THOUGHT they were committing a crime and could be busted for it?
I’d REALLY like to hear from cops and lawyers on this one.
This is a non-smoking area. If we see you smoking, we will assume you are on fire and act accordingly.