Exclusionary Rule Alternatives
Constructed in revolutionary times, the American system of Federal government seeks to balance the guarantees of personal freedoms against the rights of ownership, personal property, and the rights of privacy. Within the context of police actions where a search of personal property is being carried out, ostensibly under the authority of a warrant or with reasonable suspicion in mind, difficulties have arisen over defining the parameters of a legal search. The question of relational economic loss has also been difficult to answer.
Relational economic loss occurs when a person suffers financial loss as a result of damage to the property of another person. As such, it forms a subset of the law of general …