Reconceiving the Fourth Amendment and the Exclusionary Rule
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 73, p. 211, 2010
Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 143
In Herring v. United States, the Supreme Court indicated both that it was undertaking a major revision, essentially an abolition, of the exclusionary rule and at other times, including in it's stated holding, suggested that it was only reducing the rule's force in a minor way. This article reconceives the exclusionary rule in light of the reasonableness language of the Fourth Amendment. It argues that the best approach to exclusion, unlike the Court's past approach, or it's proposal in Herring, is to exclude evidence only when there is a violation of the Court's Fourth Amendment rules and that violation is "unreasonable" or negligent on the part of police. This compromise would eliminate much of the conservative opposition to the rule while maintaining it as an effective deterrence to police misconduct.
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Keywords: Criminal Procedure, Fourth Amendment, Exclusionary Rule
Date posted: January 24, 2010 ; Last revised: July 3, 2013