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Samuel A. Alito

Supreme Court rules evidence stands after illegal search

Supreme Court rules evidence stands after illegal search

The Supreme Court on Monday empowered police to stop people on the streets and question them, even when it is not clear they have done anything wrong.

In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court relaxed the so-called exclusionary rule and upheld the use of drug evidence found on a Utah man who was stopped illegally by an officer in Salt Lake City.

The Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, said that because the Salt Lake City man had an outstanding arrest warrant for a traffic violation, the illegality of the stop could be ignored.

"In this case, the warrant was valid, it predated [the police officer's] investigation, and it was entirely unconnected with...

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