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Payton v. New York

Significance, Warrant Required For Entry Of A Home, A Common Law Rule, Impact, Further Readings


Theodore Payton, Obie Riddick


State of New York

Appellants' Claim

That a New York statute authorizing police to enter a home without a warrant to make an arrest violates the Fourth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellants

William E. Hellerstein

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Peter L. Zimroth

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

15 April 1980


That the Fourth Amendment prohibits police from making a warrantless entry into a person's home in order to make a routine arrest, and thus New York's statute was unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Boyd v. United States, 116 U.S. 616 (1886).
  • Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443 (1971).
  • United States v. Watson, 423 U.S. 411 (1976).
  • Michigan v. Summers, 452 U.S. 692 (1981).
  • Welsh v. Wisconsin, 466 U.S. 740 (1984).
  • Maryland v. Buie, 494 U.S. 325 (1990).
  • New York v. Harris, 495 U.S. 14 (1990).

Additional topics

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