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The independent source doctrine allows admission of evidence that has been discovered by means wholly independent of any constitutional violation.

The independent source doctrine teaches us that the interest of society in deterring unlawful police conduct and the public interest in having juries receive all probative evidence of a crime are properly balanced by putting the police in the same, not a worse, position that they would have been in if no police error or misconduct had occurred.[1]

References Edit

  1. Nix v. Williams, 467 U.S. 431 (1984) (full-text).

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