Thursday, May 5, 2011

Illegally Obtained Evidence Bill Passes TN House

The Tennessee House passed a law yesterday that allows a good faith exception to illegally obtained evidence. HB 401, The Exclusionary Rule Reform Act, passed the full House on a vote of 89-8. 
The relevant part:

any evidence that is seized as a result of executing a search warrant ... not in violation of the constitutions of the United States or the State of Tennessee shall not be suppressed as a result of any violation (law) if the court determines that such violation was a result of a good faith mistake or technical violation made by a law enforcement officer, court official, or the issuing magistrate.
Here is an article in the about the law.

If enacted the bill goes into effect July 1, 2011.

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