ON THIS DAY in 1995, the High Court of Australia delivered Ridgeway v R  HCA 66; (1995) 184 CLR 19 (19 April 1995).
A conviction for drug importation was quashed after the High Court excluded certain evidence that was unlawfully obtained by the police in a controlled operation. However, the court did not go as far as stating that a defence of entrapment exists under Australian law if a person voluntarily and with the necessary intent commits an unlawful act induced by another.
The Commonwealth Parliament subsequently amended the Crimes Act to make controlled operations legal in order to protect such evidence from being ruled inadmissible.
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