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United States v. U.S. District Court - Significance, Writ Of

william search seizure petitioner


United States


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Petitioner's Claim

That the government's petition for a writ of mandamus compelling the district court judge to vacate his disclosure order in a criminal case involving evidence obtained by electronic surveillance be granted.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Robert C. Mardian

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William T. Gossett

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

None (William H. Rehnquist did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

19 June 1972


That the U.S. district court was correct in ordering disclosure of a defendant's conversations obtained by electronic surveillance and used as evidence in his criminal trial.

Related Cases

  • Cox v. New Hampshire, 312 U.S. 569 (1941).
  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
  • Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967).
  • Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968).
  • United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Volume 7. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Deegan, Paul J. Search and Seizure. Minneapolis: Abdo and Daughters, 1987.
  • Landynski, Jacob W. The Living U.S. Constitution. New York: New American Library, 1983.
  • McWhirter, Darien A. Search, Seizure and Privacy. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1994.
  • Waddington, Lawrence C. Arrest, Search and Seizure. Beverly Hills: Glencoe Press, 1974.
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