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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Jacobson v. United States
Citation:503 U.S. 540 (1992)
Petitioner ordered two magazines and a brochure from an adult book store. The magazines contained photographs of nude preteen and teenage boys. Petitioner testified that he was startled and had expected to receive photographs of “young men 18 years old or older.” Within 3 months of his receipt of the magazine, Congress passed a law illegalizing the receipt through mail of sexually explicit depictions of children. The Government then began to try to induce petitioner to break the new law by reaching out to him through fictitious names and organizations. They were eventually successful, and petitioner was arrested and convicted.
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