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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
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