Can Illegally Obtained Evidence Be Used in Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the government can use illegally obtained evidence gathered by investigators who acted in good faith, following the rules as they saw them at the time.

What happens if evidence is suppressed?

Suppression of evidence is a term used in the United States legal system to describe the lawful or unlawful act of preventing evidence from being shown in a trial. … For example, if a judge believes that the evidence in question was obtained illegally, the judge can rule that it not be shown in court.