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Exclusionary Rule

  • By: Brian S. MacNamara
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The exclusionary rule, created by the U.S. Supreme Court, states that any evidence seized by government agents (usually police) in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unlawful search and seizure is not admissible in an ensuing criminal trial. Although the ...

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