Illegal Seizure

OK in Alaska Parole Case

The Supreme Court of Alaska ruiled last August 20 that evidence obtained by an illegal search and seizure can be used to revoke parole on an unrelated crime. In a 3-1 decision, the high court allowed mari juana illegally seized from Timothy Sears to be used against him in a probation hearing, even though the marijuana charge was dismissed in 1975.The majority opinion held that, although excluding such evidence from probation hearings as well as trials would help deter unlawful police actions, (Jxis benefit was outweighed by the needs of the probation system.

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