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Search and seizure

1982

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How We Got The Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule And Why We Need It, Yale Kamisar Jan 1982

How We Got The Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule And Why We Need It, Yale Kamisar

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Why the continuing storm of controversy over the exclusionary rule? Why the deep and widespread hostility to it? I think a recent law office search case, because it arose in a setting so unlike the typical search and seizure case, furnishes a clue. In O'Connor v. Johnson, St. Paul police obtained a warrant to search an attorney's office for business records of a client suspected of making false written statements in applying for a liquor license. The attorney happened to be present when the police arrived. Holding on to his work product file, which contained some of the records sought, …