Elson v. State

In Elson v. State, 659 P.2d 1195, 1199 (Alaska 1983), the supreme court ruled that, even when a search is ultimately shown to be legal, the government should not be allowed to rely on evidence that the defendant refused to consent to the search. The court reasoned that if evidence of the defendant's non-cooperation were allowed, this might "inhibit individuals from exercising the right to refuse consent to some future illegal search".