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United States v. Caceres

United States Supreme Court
440 U.S. 741 (1979)


Facts

Caceres (defendant) was charged with bribing an agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The prosecution presented surveillance evidence that the IRS obtained in violation of an IRS regulation. Specifically, the IRS had not received approval from the Department of Justice prior to recording an incriminating conversation, as the regulation required. Caceres argued that the evidence should be excluded under the exclusionary rule because the IRS violated its own regulation in obtaining the evidence. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Marshall, J.)

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