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2020 Mississippi Code
Title 41 - Public Health
Chapter 29 - Poisons, Drugs and Other Controlled Substances
Article 7 - Interception of Wire or Oral Communications
§ 41-29-525. Parties to be furnished copy of court order and application prior to trial or proceeding; suppression of intercepted communications
Universal Citation: MS Code § 41-29-525 (2020)
- The contents of an intercepted wire, oral or other communication or evidence derived from the communication may not be received in evidence or otherwise disclosed in a trial, hearing or other proceeding in a federal or state court unless each party has been furnished with a copy of the court order and application under which the interception was authorized or approved not less than ten (10) days before the date of the trial, hearing or other proceeding. The ten-day period may be waived by the judge if he finds that it is not possible to furnish the party with the information ten (10) days before the trial, hearing or proceeding and that the party will not be prejudiced by the delay in receiving the information.
- An aggrieved person charged with an offense in a trial, hearing or proceeding in or before a court, department, officer, agency, regulatory body, or other authority of the United States or of this state or a political subdivision of this state, may move to suppress the contents of a intercepted wire, oral or other communication or evidence derived from the communication on the ground that:
- The communication was unlawfully intercepted;
- The order authorizing the interception is insufficient on its face; or
- The interception was not made in conformity with the order.
- The motion to suppress shall be made before the trial, hearing or proceeding unless there was no opportunity to make the motion before the trial, hearing or proceeding, or the person was not aware of the grounds of the motion before the trial, hearing or proceeding. The hearing on the motion shall be held in camera upon the written request of the aggrieved person. If the motion is granted, the contents of the intercepted wire, oral or other communication and evidence derived from the communication shall be treated as inadmissible evidence. The judge, on the filing of the motion by the aggrieved person, shall make available to the aggrieved person or his counsel for inspection any portion of the intercepted communication or evidence derived from the communication that the judge determines is in the interest of justice to make available.
- Any circuit judge of this state, upon hearing a pretrial motion regarding conversations intercepted by wire pursuant to this article, or who otherwise becomes informed that there exists on such intercepted wire, oral or other communication identification of a specific individual who is not a party or suspect to the subject of interception:
- Shall give notice and an opportunity to be heard on the matter of suppression of references to that person if identification is sufficient so as to give notice; or
- Shall suppress references to that person if identification is sufficient to potentially cause embarrassment or harm which outweighs the probative value, if any, of the mention of such person, but insufficient to require the notice provided for in paragraph (a) of this subsection.
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