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Linkletter v. Walker

Significance, Impact, Retroactivity


Victor Linkletter


Victor G. Walker

Petitioner's Claim

Evidence obtained as a result of unreasonable search and seizure should be found inadmissible under the Fourth Amendment under Mapp v. Ohio.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Euel A. Screws, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Teddy W. Airhart, Jr.

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), Arthur Goldberg, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

7 June 1965


In the Constitution there are no circumstances that require retroactive implementation of the exclusionary rule.

Related Cases

  • Weeks v. United States, 232 U.S. 383 (1914).
  • Wolf v. People of the State of Colorado, 338 U.S. 25 (1949).
  • Reck v. Pate, 367 U.S. 433 (1961).
  • Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961).
  • Fay v. Noia, 372 U.S. 391 (1963).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Additional topics

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