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in law, the instigation of a crime in the attempt to obtain cause for a criminal prosecution. Situations in which a government operative merely provides the occasion for the commission of a criminal act (e.g., when an undercover agent posing as a narcotics dealer is approached by a would-be customer) do not constitute entrapment. Only when the crime was not initially contemplated by the target is entrapment said to occur: thus, for example, an undercover agent may not recruit a previously law-abiding individual into a drug distribution ring in order to prosecute. Many police operations, especially in the areas of drugs and gambling, raise questions of entrapment, which is available as a defense in a trial.


The underground trapping of oil or gas reserves by folds, faults, domes, asphaltic seals, unconformities, and such.


Fear of Flying
metaphor for housewife Isadora Wing’s temporary inability to achieve self-awareness. [Am. Lit.: Fear of Flying]
Frome, Ethan
chained to detestable wife and unsalable farm. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
Loman, Willy
despite dreams of success, he is condemned to failure. [Am. Drama; Death of a Salesman, Payton, 397]
trapped in the domesticity demanded by her husband. [Nor. Lit.: Ibsen A Doll’s House]
Prufrock, J. Alfred
aware that his life is meaningless and empty, he struggles to rise above it, but cannot. [Br. Lit.: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in Payton, 548]
Rochester, Edward
tied to insane wife; cannot marry Jane Eyre. [Br. Lit.: Jane Eyre]
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1979) (applying the first variation of the entrapment defense--the objective approach), with Sherman v.
As bathwater entrapment is related to the phenomena of urine entrapment from urethro-vaginal reflux, a search on this condition was also undertaken.
The primary causes leading to entrapment of most victims were identified as entering a bin to loosen crusted, spoiled, or frozen grain while unloading equipment was running, or falling into grain transport vehicles while they were being either loaded or unloaded.
Three primary body parts are at risk for life-threatening entrapment in seven zones of a bed system.
It has been suggested that, for patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the mobility of the PAC should be routinely checked before closing the sternotomy so as to exclude catheter entrapment (3,6).
If your unit does have drains, consider anti-entrapment drain covers and a safety vacuum release system (SVRS) to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur.
But counsel for the defence argued that the manner in which the cigarettes had been purchased amounted to entrapment and that the girl's evidence should be inadmissible.
Other causes of air entrapment leading to bubbles or blisters include inadequate venting and gas traveling across the part surface during the filling or packing stage.
In actuality, most runner systems allow for significant air bubble entrapment (Figs.
With the use of SP, molded goods are said to benefit from less air and volatile entrapment (blisters), gauge consistency, surface appearance, etc.
Serial nerve conduction studies confirmed progressive entrapment of the median nerves in the carpal tunnel to the point of axonal damage.
Air entrapment rarely is suspected until after solvent popping and substrate gassing have been ruled out as causes.