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This short essay, written for a symposium commemorating Richard Posner's twenty-fifth year as a judge, examines Judge Posner's majority opinion for a closely divided en banc decision on the federal entrapment defense. The cases considers a fundamental issue in the meaning of the element of "predisposition." Judge Posner crafts a boldly innovative reading of the Supreme Court precedent on the topic, introducing the element of "position" or "readiness" to predisposition. I claim the result, properly understood, is to rationalize the doctrine of entrapment.



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