fruit of the poisonous tree

1
: a doctrine of evidence: evidence that is derived from or gathered during an illegal action (as an unlawful search) cannot be admitted into court
2
: evidence that is inadmissible under an evidentiary exclusionary rule because it was derived from or gathered during an illegal action see also Wong Sun v. United States compare independent source, inevitable discovery, plain view

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fruit of the poisonous tree

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“Fruit of the poisonous tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/fruit%20of%20the%20poisonous%20tree. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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