MAPP V. OHIO by Deborah A. Persico


Evidence and Search Warrants
Age Range: 11 & up
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 In the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series, a clear, concise look at the rather difficult legal concept known as the exclusionary rule in law. Persico sets forth a well-written history leading up to the case Mapp v. Ohio, wherein the Supreme Court held that evidence that had been seized without a valid search warrant could not be used against the defendant, and was therefore inadmissible in a court of law. In a fair and balanced presentation, Persico analyzes arguments surrounding the exclusionary rule: ``Those against the exclusionary rule believed it meant that criminals would go free merely because a police officer had blundered. Those in favor of the rule felt it was necessary to deter unlawful conduct by the police and to compel respect for the Constitution.'' A section called ``Questions for Discussion'' will generate lively analysis of the legal issues involved in this landmark case. This excellent, thoughtful book will focus readers on the Constitution and how it continues to protect Americans' rights. (b&w photos, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11+)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-89490-587-X
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1997