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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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