Does this Government Conduct “Shock the Conscience of the Ninth Circuit?”
The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a due process challenge to an ATF sting that targeted the poorest minority neighborhoods in Phoenix to court individuals – with a promise of riches – to break into and rob local fictitious, non-existent stash houses. Many of these individuals had no criminal records; almost all were out of work and poor.
Pace Professor Bennett L. Gershman analyzes the ATF’s penchant for creating fictitious crimes (see e.g., Operation Fast and Furious) in a recent Huffington Post column. Click here to read the entire post.