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Effective policing or entrapment?

A D.C. police SWAT team moves in to arrest the men involved in an invented robbery scheme, in September 2013. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

D.C. police and prosecutors have come up with a remarkably successful way of arresting armed robbers, the Post’s Ann Marimow reports: “Instead of waiting for suspects to act, police are essentially bringing robbery opportunities, albeit fake ones, to them” — recruiting, they say, known miscreants and luring them to participate in illegal schemes. It’s a strategy that has been used by federal agents — and questioned in several cases by federal judges — but officials insists this is not entrapment: “We don’t arrest people who don’t want to do this,” said one former D.C. police sergeant who participated in the undercover operations. Defense lawyers differ: “Part of the reason the District cases have been so successful … is that the potential jail time for the federal conspiracy charge is steep enough that many defendants are more inclined to make a deal with prosecutors than risk losing at trial.”

In other news:

Texas firm — and Robert Bobb — will study soccer deal for D.C. Council (DofD)

On charter-DCPS relations, “It is hard to argue against cooperation, but it must be a two-way street” (Post editorial)

The differing perspectives underpinning the DCPS-charter tensions (GGW)

Recent spike in infant deaths — six in nine days — concerns D.C. Health Department (WTOPWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

D.C.’s most dangerous intersections include New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE, 14th and U streets NW (Dr. Gridlock)

More data on when, where and how car crashes occur in D.C. (Dr. Gridlock)

Tomorrow is “D.C. Council Member Andy Harris Constituent Service Day” at the Longworth House Office Building (DofDCity DeskWashingtonianDCistWAMU-FM)

Interim Howard University president Wayne Frederick is named to permanent job by trustees (Post)

Ban the National Bible Museum? (Truth Wins Out)

No way, says gay activist Rick Rosendall (Daily Kos)

D.C. colleges aren’t inclined to cut a break to marijuana-possessing students (WAMU-FM)

D.C. area “now ranks as the worst region in the nation for late mail service” (Post)

Everything you need to know about where the Corcoran litigation goes from here (Arts Desk)

GOP chairman candidate Kris Hammond: “If Congress believes that Second Amendment rights are threatened and only federal gun control laws should exist, then it should pass legislation that applies to the entire country” (Post letter)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants TSA to straighten out D.C. license validity issues for once and for all (Roll CallCity DeskWRC-TVDCist)

New video shows suspect in James Oh killing on July 4 (Post)

The definitive interactive guide to the Silver Line (Post)

D.C. Public Library starts planning for swing space during MLK renovations (Curbed)

Victory Fund endorses Courtney Snowden for at-large council seat and Scott Simpson for Ward 1 education board seat (Loose Lips)

Gee, the weather has been great! (CWG)

Remembering the last presidential memorial gone badly awry (Smithsonian)

If neighbors are cool with subdivided row houses, why should zoning rules prevent them? (GGW)

National Capital Bank prepares to enter the 21st century (WBJ)

Akin Gump, not Patton Boggs, is now D.C.’s top lobby firm (Capital Business)

Georgetown ANC resolves to do something about on-street Dumpsters (Current via Dish)

Blagden Alley microunit project goes back to drawing board (UrbanTurf)

Bottom line: “If D.C. taxi operators provided great service, private-sedan services would struggle” (Post letter)

Streetcars on H Street, no. Pedicabs, yes. (City Desk)

Buy a bike made in D.C. (Indiegogo)

Starting today, you can get a Ben’s half-smoke in the airport (AP)

“Sauf Haus, then, is a place to get sloshed” (GOG)

Remember coffee maven Nick Cho? He still owes the D.C. government a ton of money (GOG)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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