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U.S. Supreme Court: Prof Tells Court There Is No ‘Barney Fife’ Defense To Search Violations

Publication Date: 
October 08, 2008
ABA Journal
Debra Cassens Weiss

Profesor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted in an ABA Journal article about her argument in front of the Supreme Court in Herring v. United States:

Pamela S. Karlan argued that police errors should count against police, and that enforcing the exclusionary rule in this case will lead to better-kept police records.


Karlan said those problems don’t justify an exception. “There’s not a Barney Fife defense to the violation of the Fourth Amendment,” she said.