State v. Doran

5 Ohio St. 3d 187 (1983)

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State v. Doran

Ohio Supreme Court
5 Ohio St. 3d 187 (1983)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

William Doran (defendant) picked up a hitchhiker, Nona Wilson, who was being paid to introduce undercover agents to prospective drug dealers. In response to a question, Doran stated he did not deal in drugs. Over the next several weeks, Wilson convinced Doran to obtain drugs for Wilson to sell by telling him she needed money to regain custody of her children, was considering kidnapping her children, needed money for an apartment and clothes for her children, could avoid prostitution by repaying a gambling debt, and needed money to get married and start anew. Doran participated in six drug buys. An undercover agent posing as a friend of Wilson’s provided the money for the purchases. The last three buys were conducted solely between Doran and the undercover agent. Doran was convicted on trafficking charges for the three buys conducted without Wilson. The court of appeals affirmed the convictions and held that the trial court’s failure to describe entrapment as an affirmative defense was not prejudicial. Doran appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Celebrezze, C.J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Holmes, J.)

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