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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Listening to lawyers over the years has taught me some legal Latin and legal Spanish phrases, but the legal metaphor I find most useful in my line of work concerns the fruit of the poisoned tree. This often refers to evidence that is illegally obtained-therefore, any fruit from that poisoned tree is tainted.