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The exclusionary rule is a legal rule stating that illegally obtained evidence may not be used in legal proceedings Zalman 2011 The exclusionary rule may be created by common law eg to the exclusionary rule for coerced confessions constitutional adjudication eg the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule established in Weeks v United States 1941 or by statue eg the exclusionary rule for illegal electronic eavesdropping Zalman 2011 The exclusionary rule was developed to help protect the citizens of the United States from illegal search and seizure and to protect their constitutional rightsThe purpose of the exclusionary rule is to make sure that police officers do not violate a citizens Constitutional rights If a police officer obtains evidence in an illegal manner the evidence is not able to be used at trial to convict an offender of that particular crime University of Phoenix 2011 The evidence that was obtained illegally will not be able to be used against the defendant but the defendant will still be able to be charged with the crime that was committed University of Phoenix 2011 When the District Attorney is deciding on what evidence to show in court he or she should use careful consideration on how evidence was obtained because a Judge has the ability to disregard evidence that was obtained illegally by law enforcement The main purpose of the exclusionary rule is to make sure that law enforcement does not violate citizens Constitutional rights and to decrease police corruptionThere are two exceptions to the exclusionary rule they are the fruit of the poisonous tree and the good faith exception The fruit of the poisonous tree rule means that if evidence was obtained illegally the evidence that was obtained is not able to be used against the defendant at trial University of Phoenix 2011 The other exception to the exclusionary rule is the good faith exception The good faith exception occurs when a police officer acts in good faith in believing
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