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Where does the Exclusionary Rule Not Apply?. Civil cases and proceedings Evidence obtained in a private search by a private person A defendant does not have standing or if no right of privacy of the defendant has been violated
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Where does the Exclusionary Rule Not Apply? • Civil cases and proceedings • Evidence obtained in a private search by a private person • A defendant does not have standing or if no right of privacy of the defendant has been violated • Evidence obtained from a abandoned property will not be suppressed
Chapter 10 • Where the Exclusionary Rule Does not Apply
Where does the Exclusionary Rule Not Apply? Cont…. • Evidence found in open fields or when evidence is discovered in plain view • Evidence is obtained where the “Good Faith” rule or the “Honest Mistake” rule apply • Evidence obtained by a law officer who has lawful authority to seize the evidence
Evidence obtained in a private search by a private person • Evidence obtained in violation of the fourth amendment is inadmissible. • This prohibition applies to mistakes or misconducts by. police and other officials in the executive branch of gov’t, NOT by private citizens
Evidence obtained in a private search by a private person • The exclusionary rule does not apply to private persons • Evidence obtained by private persons, even if the result of illegal conduct, is not subject to…. • *Exclusionary Rule • Supreme Court held in what case? • *Burdeau v. McDowell
Exclusionary rule applies in ONLY in criminal cases. • The exclusionary rule forbids the use of evidence tainted or spoiled by improper or illegal police conduct in criminal cases. • This evidence can be used in… • Civil Cases • Which case did this apply to? • O.J. Simpson
If a defendant does not have standing or if no right of privacy of the defendant has been violated • The exclusionary rule does not apply • Evidence is excluded by the defendant making a motion to suppress that evidence • To succeed in this motion, the defendant MUST show that his rights were violated, not the rights of some other person
“Standing” • Meaning the defendant is the proper person to challenge the police conduct because it violated the defendants rights specifically.
Evidence obtained from abandoned property will not be suppressed • If by conduct or words the defendant shows that he/she has relinquished the expectation privacy in property, the object can be used as evidence • Which case defined the legal concept of abandonment? • United States v. Thomas 1989
Throwaway as a type of abandonment • Persons fleeing the police with illegal drugs or other contraband on their person will throw away what can be very incriminating • If the throw away is a voluntary abandonment of the objects the court will • Allow the object to be used as evidence • If the throwaway is the direct or indirect product of an illegal police stop or other improper police conduct, the courts will • Generally forbid the use of the throwaway item as evidence
Denial of Ownership as a form of abandonment • Persons who deny ownership of property to a law enforcement officer relinquish their right of privacy in the property and do not later have a standing to challenge the use of evidence obtained from the property
Examples of denial cases that have come before criminal courts • Airport denial of luggage. • Train passenger’s denial of a garment bag. • Denial of luggage in the trunk of car. • Denial of a satchel that the defendant hid after a car accident. • Denial of ownership of an apartment
Evidence obtained from a garbage or trash • Trash receptacles kept in a home or garage have fourth amendment constitutional protection. • Evidence obtained from these places without valid consent or a search warrant would be suppressed. • One who disposes of personal property in a trash bin and placed it at curbside or in a common trash receptacle, generally is held to have abandoned the property • (Calif. V Greenwood)
Abandoned Motor Vehicles • United States v. Oswald US court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 783 F.2d 663 (1986) • Defendant was transporting $300,000 worth of cocaine in a stolen car when the car caught on fire. Oswald fled from the car thinking it would blow up. He did not report the fire. When the authorities put out the fire they took all of the personal items out of the car before having it towed. They then found the suitcase full of cocaine. • With the car being abandoned for more than a hour and half they were able to use the evidence in court.
Evidence discovered in open fieldsWILL NOT be suppressed • Curtilage- is that area close to a home where persons assert of right of privacy. • The protection of the fourth amendment extends to the home and the curtilage. • US Supreme Court defined curtilage as follows in 1984: • Persons living in a single-family home have a greater expectation of privacy in their curtilage than a large apartment building
1987 The U.S. Supreme Court held that… • Curtilage questions should be resolved with the reference to four factors: • The proximity of the area claimed to be curtilage to the home • Whether the area is included within an enclosure surrounding the home • The nature of the uses to which the area is put • The steps taken by the resident to protect the area from observation by the people passing by
Evidence discovered in good faith or honest mistake will not be suppressed • The Good Faith Exception • 1984 the US Supreme Court case of United States v. Leon • The Leon Good Faith rule permits the use of evidence where a search warrant contains a technical error that does not violate a fundamental constitutional right of a suspect.
The Honest mistake Rule • U.S. Supreme Court case of Maryland v. Garrison (1987) • The Supreme Court pointed out that the court has “recognized the need to allow some latitude for honest mistakes that are made by officers in the dangerous and difficult process of making arrests and executing search warrants