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November 2010 , Page 30 

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Correcting Juror Bias: A Case Study on Internet Entrapment

By Julie Blackman; Corinne Brenner; Ellen Brickman

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil

From “The Lord’s Prayer”
Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)

To borrow a variation of the title from Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 film, Sex, Lies and Videotape, this article is about sex, lies and the Internet. Specifically, this is an article about the outcome of the criminal trial of “MatthewBMarks,”1 who entered into sexually charged Internet conversations with “SarahatHome.” Unbeknownst to Matt (whose avatar was his real name), “Sarah” was a male police officer charged with the task of ferreting out and arresting child predators trolling the Internet. In their online conversations, at Sarah’s urging, Matt wrote about his plans for having sex with her children.

They met in a chatroom called “Open-Minded Parents” and quickly took their conversation out of the publicly visible chatroom and into the private world of instant messaging (IM). They sent instant messages to each other for about two months, sometimes

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