Exclusionary Rule

AP US Government and Politics


  1. What do you think exclusionary rule means?

  2. Use exclusionary rule in a sentence without using a single curse word.

  3. Think of an example of exclusionary rule in current events:

  4. Find an image of exclusionary rule:

Fun Fact


Exclusionary Rule: The exclusionary rule prevents the government from using most evidence gathered in violation of the United States Constitution.  The exclusionary rule applies to evidence gained from an unreasonable search or seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment, as ruled in Mapp v. Ohio (1961), and to improperly elicited self-incriminatory statements gathered in violation of the Fifth Amendment, as ruled in Miranda v. Arizona (1966). Here's the Oyez page on Mapp v. Ohio.


If a police officer searched your house, found a kilo of cocaine underneath your pet Gila monster, but did not have a warrant to search your house, because of the exclusionary rule, this illegally obtained evidence could not be used against you in a court preceding.


Federal Court Tells ATF It Can't Just Help Itself To Cell Phone Data Seized By Another Law Enforcement Agency


AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government and Politics


  1. When was the Exclusionary Rule established?

  2. What are some exceptions to the Exclusionary Rule?

  3. Do you think the US would be better off without the Exclusionary Rule?