WI Exclusionary Rule: Good Faith Exception

Wisconsin case law summary by Attorney Richard Clem: WI criminal law, exclusionary rule, good-faith exception

State of Wisconsin v. Scott E. Oberst. WI criminal law, exclusionary rule, good-faith exception

Defendant contended that as the installation of a GPS device on his vehicle was unconstitutional under United States v. Jones, 132 S. Ct. 945 (2012), and that the evidence that police obtained as a result of this Fourth Amendment violation should have been suppressed by the trial court. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that because the officers who placed the GPS device on Oberst's vehicle did so in objectively reasonable reliance on then-existing precedent, the good faith exception applies and renders exclusion of the evidence an inappropriate remedy. The Court affirmed the Kenosha County conviction.

No. 2013AP1910-CR (Wis. Ct. App. April 23, 2014).

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


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