Draper v. United States
Significance, Informant Provided "reasonable Grounds", Dissent Says Arrest Unlawful, Impact, Related Cases
That the search of petitioner and seizure of heroin following his warrantless arrest by a federal narcotics agent violated the Fourth Amendment because the arrest was based solely on information from a paid informant.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Osmond K. Fraenkel
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Leonard B. Sand
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Charles Evans Whittaker (writing for the Court)
William O. Douglas (Felix Frankfurter and Earl Warren did not participate)
Date of Decision
26 January 1959
Upheld the lower courts' ruling that petitioner's arrest and the subsequent search of petitioner which turned up heroin were lawful, and affirmed his conviction.
Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics-1996. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1997.
- Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. http://www.cjlf.org.
- Criminal Law Links-Reference Desk. http://dpa.state.ky.us/~rwheeler/libarch.htm.
- National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/nacjd.
- National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.nara.gov.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. http://www.criminaljustice.org.
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