The Court Held that the Exclusionary Rule Does Not Apply at Sentencing and Refused to Recognize an Exception for Egregious Violations of the Fourth Amendment

Seventh Circuit Criminal Case Summaries: Sentencing - Exclusionary Rule at Sentencing

United States v. Sanders, 13-1301. Upon Sanders’s motion to suppress, the district court concluded the warrant used to search his home was invalid and the evidence seized from his home could not be used against him at trial. However, the government used the seized evidence against him at sentencing as relevant conduct. The Court of Appeals has previously held that the exclusionary rule does not apply at sentencing hearings. Sanders asked the Court to consider the question of whether an “egregious” violation of the Fourth Amendment justified suppression of evidence at sentencing. The Court declined to adopt the egregious exception.