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International relations, federal exclusionary rule, fourth amendment, Supreme Court, United States, Constitution


Constitutional Law | Fourth Amendment | International Relations | Law | Legal History | Political Science | Supreme Court of the United States | United States History


The federal exclusionary rule is a judicially created safeguard of the right of the American people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures, as enunciated in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. The nature of this study is an examination, through Supreme Court interpretations, of the development and operation of this constitutional safeguard. The analysis of this topic was limited to the decisions profferred by the Supreme Court by virtue of its commanding position at the apex of the American judicial system. Although it would have been possible to consider the multifarious opinions of the state judiciaries regarding the evolving interpretation of this judicially constructed constitutional safeguard, such analysis would have required a much lengthier discussion than could be justified here. This study has therefore been confined to a consideration of the interpretations provided at the highest, and most authoritative, level.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

International Relations