The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine is an extension of the exclusionary rule which subject to some exceptions prevents evidence obtained in violation of the fourth amendment from being admitted in a criminal trial. Fruit from a poisonous tree amazing research by someone who is an attorney in addition to stints as a us marine police chief pilot law professor legal researcher private investigator and ombudsman with the department of defense. Fruit of the poisonous tree the principle that prohibits the use of secondary evidence in trial that was culled directly from primary evidence derived from an illegal search and seizure the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine is an offspring of the exclusionary rulethe exclusionary rule mandates that evidence obtained from an illegal arrest unreasonable search or coercive . Fruit of the poisonous tree includes evidence gathered from just about any kind of police conduct that violates a defendants constitutional rights is the illegally recorded statement the poisonous tree inadmissible so too are the drugs the officers found the fruit of that tree a fruitful example in a case that developed the . Fruit of the poisonous tree a doctrine that extends the exclusionary rule to make evidence inadmissible in court if it was derived from evidence that was illegally obtained as the metaphor suggests if the evidential tree is tainted so is its fruit
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