We know close enough when we see it

FourthAmendment.com has this post:

Today is the 26th anniversary of United States v. Leon and the good faith exception.

When I remembered that this morning, I had a flash back to the last CLE I did for prosecutors about 1990 where the speaker after me referred to July 5th as "Independence Day from the Fourth Amendment." There was rousing applause from the audience. This was in Memphis, and it is a telling commentary on the thinking of law enforcement and the Fourth Amendment.

Perhaps it is fitting that the good faith exception was created in 1984.

As I stated two days ago, "Close only applies in horseshoes, nuclear war, and the good faith exception." The good faith exception to the exclusionary rule is judicial recognition of "close enough for government work."

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