suppression of evidence

suppression of evidence
(1) A court’s refusal to admit evidence acquired by unlawful means.
(2) A party’s refusal or failure to furnish opposing counsel with evidence that might prove unfavorable.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

suppression of evidence
1) A judge's order that certain evidence may not be admitted at trial because it was obtained illegally, such as an involuntary confession or drugs discovered in an illegal search.
2) For a prosecutor in a criminal case to improperly hide or withhold evidence that he or she is legally required to provide to the defense.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

suppression of evidence
n. A trial judge's preclusion of evidence that was obtained in an unlawful manner; the withholding of evidence by the prosecution in a criminal trial when such evidence might be helpful to the defense supra
adv. Latin Above; superior to.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

suppression of evidence
   1) a judge's determination not to allow evidence to be admitted in a criminal trial because it was illegally obtained or was discovered due to an illegal search.
   2) the improper hiding of evidence by a prosecutor who is constitutionally required to reveal to the defense all evidence. Such suppression is a violation of the due process clause (5th Amendment, applied to states by the 14th Amendment) and may result in dismissal, mistrial or reversal on appeal, as well as contempt of court for the prosecutor.
   See also: evidence

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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