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Minnesota v. Olson

Significance, Impact


State of Minnesota


Robert Darren Olson

Petitioner's Claim

It was not unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment for police officers to enter a home without a warrant to arrest a murder suspect if the suspect does not have a sufficient connection with the home.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Anne E. Peek

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Glenn P. Bruder

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

18 April 1990


It was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment for police to enter, without a warrant, a house where a murder suspect was hiding; even though it was not the home of the suspect, the suspect had an expectation of privacy that is recognized and permitted by society.

Related Cases

  • Jones v. United States, 326 U.S. 257 (1960).
  • Rakas v. Illinois, 439 U.S. 128 (1978).
  • Payton v. New York, 445 U.S. 573 (1980).
  • New York v. Harris, 495 U.S. 14 (1990).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Steiker, Carol S. "Counter-Revolution in Constitutional Criminal Procedure? Two Audiences, Two Answers." Michigan Law Review, August 1996, p. 2466.

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