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Weeks v. United States - Significance, Great Principles Must Not Be Sacrificed, A Personal Right Of The Defendant?, Impact

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Fremont Weeks


United States

Petitioner's Claim

That his house was searched and his papers seized without a search warrant and thus the papers should not be admissible in court as evidence against him.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Martin J. O'Donnell

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Denison, U.S. Assistant Attorney General; John William Davis, U.S. Solicitor General

Justices for the Court

William Rufus Day (writing for the Court), Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Evans Hughes, Joseph Rucker Lamar, Horace Harmon Lurton, Joseph McKenna, Mahlon Pitney, Willis Van Devanter, Edward Douglass White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 February 1914


Reversed the decision of a district court and held that evidence obtained by unreasonable searches and seizures could not be used against a person in federal court.

Related Cases

  • Ex parte Jackson, 96 U.S. 727 (1877).
  • Boyd v. United States, 116 U.S. 616 (1886).
  • Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532 (1897).
  • Holt v. United States, 218 U.S. 245 (1910).
  • Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961).


Levy, Leonard W., ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

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over 2 years ago

Who authored the concurring opinion in this case?

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over 7 years ago

who authored majoritey opinion in the Weeks v. United States?

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over 8 years ago

Federal Court is held in DC infront of the Supreme court Justice, and State court is held in state in front of just a regular court and Justice and everything. I realize that doesn't sound professional but it's the easiest way to explain.

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about 9 years ago

Thank you so much your information has been very helpful. I have a question what is the different between federal and state court