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Good Faith, New Law, and the Scope of the Exclusionary Rule


Orin S. Kerr


George Washington University - Law School

April 14, 2011

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 99, p. 1077, 2011
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 519
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 519

Abstract:     
Lower courts recently have divided on whether the good-faith exception to the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule applies to reliance on overturned caselaw. This Article argues that the Supreme Court should reject the good-faith exception in this setting.

A suppression remedy for new law creates necessary incentives for criminal defendants to challenge existing precedents. The exclusionary rule deters constitutional violations by creating an environment for appellate decision-making in which constitutional errors can be corrected. The costs of the exclusionary rule for overturned law are comparatively minor, as other doctrines already limit the scope of the exclusionary rule. The benefits of the exclusionary rule for reliance on overturned caselaw exceed its costs, and the rule therefore should be retained.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Fourth Amendment, good faith, good faith exception, Herring v. United States

JEL Classification: K14, K41

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Date posted: September 11, 2010 ; Last revised: November 17, 2011

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Kerr, Orin S., Good Faith, New Law, and the Scope of the Exclusionary Rule (April 14, 2011). Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 99, p. 1077, 2011; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 519; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 519. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1675115

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