Definition of exclusionary rule in US English:

exclusionary rule


  • A law that prohibits the use of illegally obtained evidence in a criminal trial.

    • ‘Evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment is subject to the exclusionary rule, which prevents the use of illegally obtained evidence in criminal trials.’
    • ‘With approval, Dash tells how and why the Warren Court expanded the law to impose the exclusionary rule on state courts as well.’
    • ‘Precisely what is the legal basis of their alleged exclusionary rule, if we hypothesize that the investigation of Churchill violates the First Amendment?’
    • ‘It is conceded by the defence that whatever was said by the deceased in the presence of the accused does not fall within the hearsay exclusionary rule.’
    • ‘The respondent submitted that breath samples are so unobtrusive and routine that they may be an exception to the exclusionary rule applied to conscriptive evidence.’
    • ‘It certainly boosts the credit of the witness, but I do not see it as providing any additional status to warrant its admission in the face of the exclusionary rule.’
    • ‘As the Prudential principle is an exclusionary rule denying a claimant what would otherwise be his right to sue, the onus must be on the defendants to establish its applicability.’
    • ‘The applicants' claim was rejected since it was found to fall squarely within the scope of the exclusionary rule formulated by the House of Lords in the Hill case.’
    • ‘But the result of this loose evidence standard - and lack of an exclusionary rule - is that it also allows the product of torture to be introduced as evidence.’
    • ‘In general, I am sympathetic to the trend in American courts to have much stricter exclusionary rules for expert testimony.’
    • ‘In another important case, a court held that the Act did not apply to the Navy and declined to apply an exclusionary rule for the violation of a similar internal administrative regulation.’
    • ‘The exclusionary rule tells interpreters not to look at extrinsic materials to discover the meaning of texts.’
    • ‘Illustrating this point, the Court has held that the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule and the Miranda exclusionary rule do not apply to the impeachment of a criminal defendant who testifies.’
    • ‘In 1984 Congress undercut the exclusionary rule which barred evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment.’
    • ‘First, I feel no doubt that the modern climate of judicial and professional opinion favours the relaxation of exclusionary rules of evidence in civil cases whenever it seems safe to do so.’


exclusionary rule

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