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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tennessee Adopts Good-Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted the federal good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule in a divided opinion. The exclusionary rule generally prohibits the state from introducing evidence in a criminal prosecution that was obtained in violation of an individual’s constitutional rights. This new exception allows the state to introduce illegally obtained evidence if the violation was the result of law enforcement negligence rather than systematic error or reckless disregard of constitutional requirements. This exception has already been adopted in federal courts, and is now recognized in Tennessee state courts as well.

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