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