Critique of Herring

How to Ensure Police Database Accuracy is an essay from security expert Bruce Schneier about the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Herring v. U.S. limiting application of the exclusionary rule.  Police found illegal drugs and a gun when they searched Herring’s residence after arresting him on a warrant they later learned had been withdrawn.  The Supreme Court allowed the search to stand because the search was not a result of police misconduct but of a database error. Schneier argues that the Supreme Court got it wrong: excluding evidence is “the only way to ensure police database accuracy.”

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