Arkansas v. Sanders
State of Arkansas
Lonnie James Sanders
That a warrantless search of the respondent's private luggage did not constitute unreasonable search under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Joseph H. Purvis
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Jack T. Lassiter
Justices for the Court
William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William H. Rehnquist
Date of Decision
20 June 1979
Absent of urgent or critical circumstances, a police search of personal luggage requires a warrant under the provisions of the Fourth Amendment. Therefore, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
- Carroll v. United States, 267 U.S. 132 (1925).
- Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969).
- Chambers v. Maroney, 399 U.S. 42 (1970).
- United States v. Chadwick, 433 U.S. 1 (1977).
- Bradley, Craig M. "The Court's `Two Model' Approach to the Fourth Amendment: Carpe Diem." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, fall 1993, p. 429.
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