Essay on The Declaration Of The Exclusionary Rule

1087 Words Oct 8th, 2014 5 Pages
The exclusionary rule acts as a control over law enforcement behavior and focuses on the failure of officers to obtain warrants authorizing them to conduct searches. Additionally, the exclusionary rule is grounded in the fourth amendment designed to protect citizens from illegal searches and seizures. The Fremont Weeks took place in 1914 and is considered as one of the first cases that the exclusionary rule was implemented. MR Weeks was arrested for using the mail to transport tickets for a lottery, which is a federal offense. He was arrested at his place of business, and federal officers did a search of his home and business without a warrant. The police confiscated many incriminating items as evidence collected from his residence and they used it against him during the trial in a federal court. He was later convicted in United States District Court based on the evidence seized during a search of his residence that was conducted without a search warrant. Fremont Weeks appealed his case to the United States Supreme Court after he was convicted during his trial. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fremont Weeks concluding that searching his residence without a warrant was unconstitutional and violating his fourth amendment rights. The United States Supreme Court decision would become the exclusionary rule barring the admission of evidence illegally obtained. The United States Supreme Court influenced the police by regulating how they conduct their searches in the future. A…

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