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tainted evidence

n. in a criminal trial, information which has been obtained by illegal means or has been traced through evidence acquired by illegal search and/or seizure. This evidence is called "fruit of the poisonous tree" and is not admissible in court.

See also: fruit of the poisonous tree  probable cause  search and seizure  search warrant 

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