Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To inveigle, entice, tempt or lure; as, to decoy a person within the jurisdiction of a court so that he may be served with process, or. to decoy a fugitive criminal to a place where he may be arrested without extradition papers or to decoy one away from his place of residence for the purpose of kidnapping him and as a part of that act. In all these uses, the word implies enticement or luring by means of some fraud, trick or temptation, but excludes the idea of force. Eberling v. State, 136 Ind. 117, 35 N. E. 1023; John v. Sinte, 6 Wyo. 203, 44 Pac. 51; Campbell v. Hudson, 106 Mich. 523, 64 N. W. 483.
    —Decoy letter. A letter prepared and mailed for the purpose of detecting a criminni, particularly one who is perpetrating frauds upon the postal or revenue laws. U. S. v. Whittier, 5 Dill. 39, Fed. Cas. No. 16,688.
    —Decoy pond. A pond used for the breeding and maintenance of water-fowL Keeble v. Hickeringshall, 3 Salk. 10.