Leon and the good faith exception is 35 today

Today is the 35th anniversary of United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984), fittingly decided in 1984.

As I related many years ago here, I did a CLE for Memphis prosecutors about a year later on how to litigate the good faith exception, and the person that introduced me actually said that “July 5th was Independence Day from the Fourth Amendment,” like the Bill of Rights was meaningless. Luckily, the Fourth Amendment still lives, albeit changed, limited, and infinitely more complicated.

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