Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Exclusionary Rule"
On negative, you’ve probably run across the popular aff case centered around the exclusionary rule. It’s a popular application because it makes a lot of sense, plays on the judge’s idea of justice, and isn’t hard to explain or impact. It usually looks something like this:
The exclusionary rule is set up in American courts to protect privacy. Because of various Supreme Court rulings, evidence obtained in a manner that violates search and seizure law cannot be used in court. This means that guilty people sometimes get off free, just because truth seeking occurred in a way that violates privacy. This doesn’t make sense. If a police officer violated the law, let’s punish him in accordance with the law. But why would we let a criminal go free on a technicality? We should allow violations of privacy in the name of truth seeking so that justice can be served.
In this opposition release, Mark Csoros explains how to address this application.
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.