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Arizona v. Evans

Significance, Tempting Arrest, The Exclusionary Rule, Reagan-era Reversal, The Decision, A Growing Movement To Rescind The Exclusionary Rule


State of Arizona


Isaac Evans

Petitioner's Claim

That a computer error in law-enforcement files did not result in an unlawful search, and that contraband obtained in that search may be admitted in court.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Gerald Grant

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Carol Carrigan

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 March 1995


The Court ruled in favor of the state of Arizona's appeal to admit evidence obtained in a search that was underway as a result of computer error.

Related Cases

  • Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961).
  • United States v. Mackey, 387 F.Supp. 1121 (1975).
  • United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984).



Congressional Quarterly Digest. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1997.

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