Sex, Drugs, and Entrapment as a Matter of Law

In a new opinion by the Illinois Appellate Court, People v. Bonner (.pdf), the Court reversed Walter Bonner’s drug-delivery convictions and prison sentence because he was entrapped as a matter of law.

Bonner, a person with a low IQ and a high-school dropout, delivered cocaine to an undercover cop on multiple occasions.  The defendant’s unrebutted testimony was that Kara Vedros (a police informant) asked him multiple times to sell cocaine and he initially refused each request.  He eventually gave in after Vedros offered to sleep with him “if he sold cocaine to her or to one of her friends.”  Bonner and Vedros slept together and then Vedros introduced Bonner to the undercover cop that Bonner sold the cocaine to.

The Court concluded that the government, via Vedros its agent, induced Bonner to sell the cocaine and that he was not disposed to sell the cocaine before Vedros worked her charms on him.  Furthermore, it did not matter that there were multiple transactions — the Court could “identify no point at which the inducement might have lost its effect amid the cluster of transactions.”  Accordingly, as a matter of law, the government entrapped Bonner.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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