Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law CrimProf Peter “Bo” Rutledge provided commentary and analysis of a recent, controversial Supreme Court ruling for National Public Radio on June 19, 2006. As the sole guest for a one-hour segment on the nationally syndicated Kojo Nnamdi Show, Rutledge discussed the implications of Hudson v. Michigan, a 5-4 decision released on June 15 that held that a violation by the police of the "knock-and announce" rule when they enter a home with a warrant does not bar the use of evidence gathered in the search.
"What the knock-and-announce rule has never protected...is one's interest in preventing the government from seeing or taking evidence described in a warrant. Since the interests that were violated in this case have nothing to do with the seizure of the evidence, the exclusionary rule is inapplicable," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion.
Rutledge, a CrimProf and a former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, has appeared previously on the program. Listen. . . [Mark Godsey]