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NCJ Number: 97548 Find in a Library
Title: Steagald vs US House Searches
Corporate Author: Charles S Maccrone Productions
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Sponsoring Agency: Charles S Maccrone Productions
Aptos, CA 95003
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Charles S Maccrone Productions
432 Ewell Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This police training video cassette, accompanied by an audio cassette, reenacts the incident that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Steagald v. United States (1981) and highlights principles of that decision; it ruled that if there are no circumstances requiring immediate action and if no free and voluntary consent is given, law enforcement officers cannot legally enter a third person's house to search for another person but must obtain a warrant for the third person.
Abstract: Pursuant to an arrest warrant for Ricky Lyons, Drug Pursuant to an arrest warrant for Ricky Lyons, Drug Enforcement Administration agents entered Gary Steagald's home to search for Lyons without first obtaining a search warrant. While searching the home, the agents found cocaine and other incriminating evidence but did not find Lyons. Steagald was arrested and indicted on Federal drug charges. He moved to suppress all evidence uncovered during the search of his home on the ground that it was illegally obtained, because the agents had failed to obtain a search warrant; the motion was denied by the district court, and he was convicted. The court of appeals affirmed this decision, but it was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which found that entry into the home was illegal. Accompanying the video is a booklet that highlights the Court's decision, summarizes the incident and case's progress through the courts, and explains the rationale for the Supreme Court's decision.
Index Term(s): Police legal training; Search and seizure laws; Search and seizure training; Search warrants; US Supreme Court decisions; Videotapes
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