fruit of the poisonous tree

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Noun1.fruit of the poisonous tree - a rule that once primary evidence is determined to have been illegally obtained any secondary evidence following from it may also not be used
rule of evidence - (law) a rule of law whereby any alleged matter of fact that is submitted for investigation at a judicial trial is established or disproved
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While most genuine Arab democrats concluded early on that they wanted nothing to do with the fruit of the poison tree, a few disciples of the neocon project (witting or otherwise, open or not) foolhardily climbed out on its limbs and are now utterly perplexed as to how they might come back down.