The Roberts Court (2005–present)


CourtSpeak: Hudson v. Michigan Exclusionary Rule Case

Justice Antonin Scalia (majority): “What the knock and announce rule has never protected … is one’s interest in preventing the government from seeing or taking evidence described in a warrant. Since the interests that were violated in this case have nothing to do with the seizure of the evidence, the exclusionary rule is inapplicable.”

Justice Stephen Breyer (dissenting): “Today’s opinion is … deeply troubling. It represents a significant departure from the Court’s precedents. And it weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Court’s knock-and-announce protection.”


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