skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 117251     Find in a Library
  Title: Law of the Case: Florida v. Riley, 57 LW 4126, United States Supreme Court (From Crime to Court: Police Officer's Handbook, P 4-7, April 1989, Joseph C Coleman -- See NCJ-117250)
  Author(s): J C Coleman
  Corporate Author: South Carolina Educational Television Network
United States of America

South Carolina Criminal Justice Acad
Division of the Dept of Public Safety
United States of America
  Date Published: 1989
  Page Count: 4
  Annotation: This article details the reasoning of the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. Riley, a search and seizure case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 23, 1989.
  Abstract: This issue before the Court was whether flying a helicopter over Riley's greenhouse at 400 feet constituted an illegal search in violation of the fourth amendment. The Court reasoned that Riley's home and greenhouse were not necessarily protected from inspection that involved no physical invasion. Police may see what may be seen from a public vantage point without obtaining a warrant. Therefore, since the police investigator had a right to be in the public airspace over Riley's greenhouse and to see what could be seen from that vantage point with his naked eye, he did not violate the fourth amendment warrant requirement when he flew the helicopter at 400 feet over Riley's greenhouse. The controlling case in the Court's decision was California v. Ciraola, decided in 1986.
  Main Term(s): Search and seizure laws
  Index Term(s): Helicopters ; Warrantless search ; US Supreme Court decisions
  Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.