1) A judge may "supress" evidence (or not allow it in the trial) because it is inadmissible for some reason. This is proper and permissible.
2) A prosecutor in a criminal case who "supresses" evidence if they hide or withhold it. This is improper and not permissible.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
1) A judge's order that certain evidence may not be admitted at trial because it was obtained illegally, such as an involuntary confession or drugs discovered in an illegal search. 2) For a prosecutor in a criminal case to improperly hide or withhold evidence that he or she is legally required to provide to the defense.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:25 pm