attenuation doctrine – evidence obtained by illegal means may be admissible if the connection between the evidence an the illegal means is sufficiently remote: the Fourth Amendment violation and the obtaining of the evidence are not causally related

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attenuation doctrine:
(1962)

1. Criminal procedure. The rule providing that evidence obtained by illegal means may nonetheless be admissible if the connection between the evidence an the illegal means is sufficiently remote.  *  This is an exception to the fruit-of-the-poisonous-tree doctrine arising when the Fourth Amendment violation and the obtaining of the evidence are not causally related.  [1]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

 

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