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Washington v. Chrisman

Significance, Call For Action, A Bad Time For A Party, Legal Proceedings, The Plain View Rule


State of Washington



Petitioner's Claim

That evidence seized during a warrantless search of the respondent's dormitory room was legally obtained and admissible in court.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Ronald R. Carpenter

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Robert F. Patrick

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 January 1982


Upheld the state of Washington and overturned the verdict of the Washington Court of Appeals, holding that the warrantless search of the respondent's dormitory room did not violate his Fourth Amendment right to protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and that the evidence obtained in that search was legally admissible.

Related Cases

  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 346 (1966).
  • Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967).
  • Harris v. United States, 390 U.S. 234 (1968).
  • Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443 (1971).
  • United States v. Robinson, 414 U.S. 218 (1973).


Marks, Alexandra. "Rolling Back Stiff Drug Sentences." Christian Science Monitor, 8 December 1998.

Further Readings

  • Strickland, Ralph P. Jr., North Carolina Justice Academy. http://www.state.nc.us/Justice/NCJA/legap94.html

Additional topics

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