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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

How Much Faith is "Good Faith?"

The Good Faith Exception to the United States Exclusionary Rule states that, “Evidence may be used in a criminal trial even though the search warrant is technically faulty, if the police acted in good faith and to the best of their ability when they sought to obtain the warrant from the judge” (US v. Leon, 1984). The presenter will compare and contrast this federal rule with the New York State rule and also international laws as well. The presenter will cut down the exception and probe into the two major vague concepts: the reasons that a search warrant may be “technically faulty,” and what qualifies as “good faith” on the officer’s part.

Presenter: Richard Andrews (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Criminal Justice
Location: 214 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)