Write a 1,050 to 1,400 word letter in which you assume the role of any modern U.S. senator. Direct your letter to the Congress of the United States. In it, either defend the use of the exclusionary rule, or explain why the exclusionary rule was not intended to be used as an enforcement technique for violations of the Fourth Amendment. In the letter:
Define the scope and limitations of the Fourth Amendment protection against government searches.
What was the reasoning the U.S. Supreme Court provided for creating the Exclusionary Rule?
Explain what you think should happen if the police conduct an illegal search and seizure: If you are arguing that the exclusionary rule is valuable in protecting our 4th Amendment rights, explain why the illegally obtained evidence should be excluded from the accused s trial. If you are arguing the exclusionary rule should be abolished, explain why you believe evidence illegally obtained by the police, in violation of the Constitution, should still be allowed to be used at the accused s criminal trial. Should police be granted certain exceptions in using illegally obtained evidence? Why or why not?
Identify and cite case examples that support your argument. You may use examples identified in Issue 4 of Debating Crime, or any found at the University Library or on the Internet.