Us vs Harrison

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McKenzie Pennington Mrs. Vonnegut Evidence and Procedure U.S. Vs Harrison US Vs. Harrison In this case the defendant, Johnny James Harrison was being watched on surveillance by agent Brenneman because of suspicion of drugs and firearms. During his surveillance on the defendant the agent did not see any evidence of illegal activity so he decided to “knock and talk”. A knock and talk procedure is a tactic used by one or two police officers to confront a person about the allegations that they were accused of when there is no probable cause to get a search warrant. Sometimes a knock and talk will result in the police asking to search with verbal consent from the owner. In this case Agent Brenneman knocked on Harrison’s door and told him the police had received an anonymous tip that there were bombs and drugs in his apartment. This was not true. He then asked Harrison if it was okay to search his apartment Brenneman then proceeded to tell Harrison that he was not there to bust him on a small bag of weed…. He had bigger fish to fry. After this Harrison verbally agreed to let the investigators search his apartment. During the search a gun was found hidden under a sink. The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. The Fourth Amendment is not a guarantee against all searches and seizures, but only those that are deemed unreasonable under the law. The Exclusionary Rule prevents the court from using any evidence collected after an unreasonable search and seizure. (Violation of the 4th amendment). In my opinion the defendant should not be charged. The investigators did everything correct until they told Harrison they had bigger fish to fry than a small bag of weed. They also told Harrison that they were look for two things bombs and drugs. During the search all they found was a gun which is not what they came

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