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NCJ Number: 127002 Find in a Library
Title: Selected Supreme Court Cases: 1989-1990 Term
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:59  Issue:11  Dated:(November 1990)  Pages:26-32
Author(s): W U McCormack
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: During its 1989-90 term, the United States Supreme Court ruled on several cases of particular interest to law enforcement, including cases involving the fourth and fifth amendments.
Abstract: Fourth amendment decisions clarified the scope of a protective sweep, ruled that inadvertence is not a requirement of a plain-view seizure, and upheld the validity of a highway checkpoint designed to deter drunk driving. The Court also found that a search based on a police officer's reasonable belief in the apparent authority of a person to consent to the search is valid. Moreover, the Court ruled that the fourth amendment does not apply to a search in a foreign country or the home of a foreign national being tried in the United States. Fifth amendment decisions involved an incarcerated inmate's incriminating statements and the admissibility of an illegally arrested suspect's incriminating statement outside the home in which the arrest took place. The Court also decided cases involving first and sixth amendment issues.
Main Term(s): US Supreme Court decisions
Index Term(s): Police legal limitations; Rights of the accused; Search and seizure laws
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