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Exclusionary Rules
Exclusionary rules

For almost a century, the exclusionary rule has been a topic of vigorous debate among legal scholars and practitioners. The exclusionary rule is a judicially recognized legal doctrine that allows the court, in certain situations, to exclude improperly acquired evidence from a criminal trial. Most often, courts invoke the exclusionary rule when suppressing evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure of their “persons, houses, papers and effects.” The exclusionary rule also occasionally operates to exclude evidence that results from violations of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. The Fifth Amendment prohibits forced self-incrimination and mandates that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due ...

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