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NCJ Number: 97558 Find in a Library
Title: Illinois vs Lafayette
Corporate Author: Legal Update Systems
United States of America
Project Director: B Mattos; D Jensen; K Blase
Date Published: 1983
Sponsoring Agency: Charles S Maccrone Productions
Aptos, CA 95003
Legal Update Systems

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 Illinois vs. Lafayette and highlights the principles of that decision, which holds that police searches of the personal effects of a person under lawful arrest as part of the routine administrative procedure are consistent with the fourth amendment.
Abstract: A police officer responding to a call about a disturbance arrived at the movie theater and found the suspect involved in an altercation with the theater manager. The officer arrested the suspect for disturbing the peace, handcuffed him, and took him to the police station. Upon arrival at the station, the suspect was taken to a booking room where the handcuffs were removed; he was ordered to empty his pockets and place their contents on the counter. After doing so, the suspect took a package of cigarettes from his shoulder bag and placed the bag on the counter. The officer removed the contents of the bag and found 10 amphetamine pills inside a cigarette case package. The lower courts held that the stationhouse search of the shoulder bag did not constitute a valid search incident to lawful arrest; the State court concurred. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Illinois Appellate Court and upheld the conviction. A booklet accompanying the cassettes summarizes the facts in the case and discusses the Supreme Court's decision.
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Arrest procedures; Police legal training; Right of privacy; US Supreme Court decisions; Videotapes; Warrantless search
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