September 17, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Defendants in a sweeping San Francisco organized crime and public corruption case are arguing they're entrapment victims.
It's an argument numerous suspected terrorists, politicians and others have made when caught in a government sting.
But legal experts say the entrapment defense rarely works. Sting targets have to prove much more than simply the government made them do it. They have to show they weren't predisposed to committing the criminal acts proposed by undercover agents.
None of the 29 people charged in the case, including state Sen. Leland Yee, have had their trial scheduled. Yee has pleaded not guilty.
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