Fruit of the poisonous tree

"Fruit of the poisonous tree" is a legal term used in the United States.  According to the Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute, "This doctrine holds that evidence gathered with the assistance of illegally obtained information must be excluded from trial. Thus, if an illegal interrogation leads to the discovery of physical evidence, both the interrogation and the physical evidence may be excluded." Something serious has been overlooked in the current brouhaha over Jeff Sessions and the Trump campaign's "links to Russia."  Interestingly enough, Al Franken exposes the "poisonous tree" that all the other "fruit" has subsequently produced. Franken: "CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, 'Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and...(Read Full Post)

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