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The Supreme Court granted review in this criminal case to determine the continued viability of Cal. Penal Code 632(d) in light of the limits placed on the exclusion of evidence by the "Right to Truth in Evidence" provision of the California Constitution, holding that nothing in the amendments to section 632 evidenced an intent on the part of the Legislature to render surreptitious recordings once again inadmissible in criminal proceedings.
Defendant was convicted of two counts of committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a child. The conviction was largely based on a secretly recorded conversation that violated section 632. The court of appeal, however, found that section 632(d), which prohibits the admission of "evidence obtained...in violation of this section...in any judicial, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding," had been abrogated by the Right to Truth in Evidence constitutional provision, which instructs that "except as provided by statute hereafter enacted...relevant evidence shall not be excluded in any criminal proceeding." The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) to the extent section 632(d) demanded suppression of relevant evidence in a criminal proceeding, it was abrogated by the voters' approval of Proposition 8; and (2) none of the Legislature's subsequent amendments to section 632 revived the exclusionary remedy of section 632(d).