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Appellate judges question ATF's use of 'reverse stings' at hearing
Appellate judges question ATF's use of 'reverse stings' at hearing

Judges on a federal appellate court panel Thursday questioned the law enforcement practice of using "reverse stings" to entice would-be robbers to raid a fictitious cocaine stash house, with one judge calling the tactic "totally misguided." The remark came during oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena in the case of two L.A. men who were charged with robbery and drug conspiracy after they showed up armed with guns and ammunition for the non-existent job. The case, one of hundreds resulting from a long-standing ruse used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was thrown out earlier this year when District Judge Otis D....

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