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# In a certain municipality, a judge overturned a suspect's

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23. In a certain municipality, a judge overturned a suspect's conviction for possession of an illegal weapon. The suspect had fled upon seeing police and subsequently discarded the illegal weapon after the police gave chase. The judge reasoned as follows: the only cause for the police giving chase was the suspect's flight; by itself, flight from the police does not create a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act; evidence collected during an illegal chase is inadmissible; therefore, the evidence in this case was inadmissible.

Which one of the following principles, if valid, most helps to justify the judge's decision that the evidence was inadmissible?

(A) Flight from the police could create a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act as long as other significant factors are involved.

(B) People can legally flee from the police only when those people are not involved in a criminal act at the time.

(C) Police can legally give chase to a person only when the person's actions have created a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act.

(D) Flight from the police should not itself be considered a criminal act.

(E) In all cases in which a person's actions have created a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act, police can legally give chase to that person.

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27 Feb 2004, 23:02
IS D the answer. I am contemplating between C Or D. D is a direct quote from the passage....
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28 Feb 2004, 05:37
I go with C. Only C would invalidate the police's chase as illegal since there was no ground for police to chase that suspect in the first place. D is a mere restatement of the facts in the statement and does not in any way support the fact that the evidence in this case was inadmissible
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02 Mar 2004, 10:32
Not sure on this one.
(D) looks better to me,

Because (C) says Police can legally give chase to a person only when the person's actions have created a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act. Which in turn means that If a person creates reasonable suspicion (Illegal weapon) then police can chase, in turn (C) weakens the conclusion.
Same is the case with (B).
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02 Mar 2004, 11:01
mba wrote:
:? Not sure on this one.
If a person creates reasonable suspicion (Illegal weapon) then police can chase

In original premise: "The judge reasoned as follows: the only cause for the police giving chase was the suspect's flight; by itself, flight from the police does not create a reasonable suspicion of a criminal act"

The premise says there was no ground for suspicion, and as C says, when there is no ground, police cannot legally chase a suspect.
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02 Mar 2004, 12:33
Yep!

Paul has provided good explanation.
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11 Apr 2016, 05:20
I think D seems to be the right answer.
Re: In a certain municipality, a judge overturned a suspect's   [#permalink] 11 Apr 2016, 05:20
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