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Legal Expert: Unclear Whether Cannon Can Use Entrapment Defense

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was not seen outside his house in Ballantyne Thursday. His wife, Trenna, made several trips in and out of the house.

It’s unclear what, if anything, she knew about accusations that her husband was taking bribes. According to the criminal complaint against Patrick Cannon, while the former mayor was meeting with an undercover agent, he put Trenna on speaker and she thanked the agent for money doled out during a trip to Las Vegas.

My Fox Carolinas asked a former federal prosecutor about the likelihood that the mayor and anyone else who may be involved, were set up.

Kathleen Nicolaides, former federal prosecutor and current criminal justice professor at UNCC said it was unclear whether entrapment would work for Cannon's defense.

“When we think of entrapment, we think of outrageous government conduct, where the government crafts the scheme or artifice to defraud. From the complaint that was filed yesterday, very unclear whether entrapment is a viable defense, but it’s certainly something defense counsel would look at.”

My Fox Carolinas asked Nicolaides why the feds waited until after Cannon was elected to arrest him.

“You want to see cash changing hands," Nicolaides said. "You want to see an official act by the mayor, and the FBI, the U.S Attorney may not have felt they had that until last month.”


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