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This is rather frightening

Illegal Police Entry Doesn’t Bar Evidence, Court Says

June 15 (Bloomberg) — Prosecutors can use evidence seized by police during a home search even though officers violated the Constitution by failing to knock or announce their presence before entering, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

The justices, voting 5-4 in a Michigan case, today put new limits on the so-called exclusionary rule, which in some circumstances bars prosecutors from using the product of an illegal search. The majority said the exclusionary rule doesn’t apply to violations of the “knock and announce” requirement for home searches.

So there’s no real disincentive for the police to not just barge into your house. That’s nice.

Of course, if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to be afraid of, right?

(via Balloon Juice)

Categories: Civil liberties
  1. June 15, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    I notice that SCOTUS seems to be doing more harm than good lately.

  1. June 15, 2006 at 10:17 pm

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