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fruit of the poisonous tree


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  • n. Evidence that has been obtained as the result of an illegal act on the part of law enforcement personnel (such as a warrantless search, or continued questioning of a witness who has invoked the right of counsel), and which is therefore excluded from being admitted as evidence in a trial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rule that once primary evidence is determined to have been illegally obtained any secondary evidence following from it may also not be used


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