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Limitations on the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule

Limitations on the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule

Examine the key limitations on the scope of the exclusionary rule, namely standing, use in criminal trials only, the good-faith exception, the impeachment exception, and the harmless error rule.


In earlier clips, we introduced you to the basic concept behind the exclusionary rule—that any physical evidence or incriminating statements obtained in violation of the Constitution (usually the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments) is inadmissible at trial against the criminal defendant whose rights were violated. See Weeks v. United States, 232 U.S. 383, 392-398 (1914); see also discussion in Wolf v. The People of the State of Colorado, 338 U.S. 25, 28-32 (1949); Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643,...

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