S. 3261 (95th): Privacy Protection Act

Jun 28, 1978 (95th Congress, 1977–1978)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Floyd Haskell
Senator from Colorado

This bill was introduced on June 28, 1978, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 28, 1978
Referred to Committee Jun 28, 1978
Full Title

A bill to secure freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and to protect the freedom of speech and of the press.


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Privacy Protection Act - Prohibits either a Federal or State court from issuing a search warrant for evidence of a crime which authorizes the search of the premises of a person as to whom there is not reasonable cause to believe is implicated in the crime under investigation except upon a showing of reasonable cause to believe that the evidence will be destroyed, hidden, or removed.
Prohibits the admission into evidence of matter obtained in a search or seizure violating this Act. Provides that no seizure under color of law but without a warrant of evidence on the premises of a person described above shall be lawful and makes such evidence inadmissible except upon a showing that application for a warrant was impracticable.
Grants persons aggrieved by searches in violation of this Act a civil action in a United States district court.
Stipulates that nothing in this Act shall be construed as preempting any State from enacting legislation creating a testimonial or other evidentiary privilege for journalists broader than the protections accorded by this Act.

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