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Supreme Court rules for police in search case


The Supreme Court says evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it.

The justices are voting 5-3 Monday to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man.

The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff.

Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine.

Justice Clarence Thomas said for the court that the officer's actions were not a flagrant violation of the law.

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