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Michigan Department of State Police, et al.


Rick Sitz, et al.

Petitioners' Claim

That the lower court had erred in ruling roadside sobriety checkpoints were unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

Thomas L. Casey

Chief Lawyer for Respondents

Mark Granzotto

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

14 June 1990


That sobriety checkpoints do not violate constitutional rights.

Related Cases

  • Perez v. Campbell, 402 U.S. 637 (1971).
  • United States v. Ortiz, 422 U.S. 891 (1975).
  • Brown v. Texas, 443 U.S. 47 (1979).


Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics--1996. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1997.

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