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NCJ Number: 69848 Find in a Library
Title: Handcuffing the Cops?
Corporate Author: MTI
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this discussion of the pros and cons of the exclusionary rule from the television program, '60 Minutes,' the importance of preserving civil liberties is seen as balanced against successful prosecution.
Abstract: In following the exclusionary rule, prosecutors who introduce evidence obtained in violation of defendants' civil liberties may find the evidence thrown out of court. In illustrating the difficulties posed by the exclusionary rule, the film includes an interview with a couple victimized by criminals; a discussion with a civil libertarian; a look at some of the complexities posed by California law for police officers engaged in search and seizure; and an exploration of possible alternatives to the exclusionary rule, such as the establishment of an independent civil review board and the practice of permitting defendants to sue police officers. The film suggests the preservation of civil liberties may result in the release of guilty persons.
Index Term(s): Civilian Review Boards; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Exclusionary rule; Films; Police legal limitations
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