Massachusetts v. Sheppard
Significance, The Court Applies The Good Faith Rule, Excluded Evidence Can Still Be Used In Court
State of Massachusetts
That evidence found and used against Osborne Sheppard should not be suppressed because it was gathered using a defective warrant.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Barbara A. H. Smith
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall
Date of Decision
5 July 1984
Reversed the decision of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts and held that evidence is admissible, even if gathered under a defective search warrant, as long as the police acted in good faith in executing what they believed was a valid warrant.
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- Illinois v. Gates, 462 U.S. 213 (1983).
- United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984).
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