California v. Greenwood - Significance, A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy, Should The Fourth Amendment Protect Garbage?, Impact
State of California
That a warrantless search and seizure of garbage placed at the curb for pickup does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Michael J. Pear
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Michael Ian Garey
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall (Anthony M. Kennedy did not participate)
Date of Decision
16 May 1988
Reversed the California Court of Appeal decision and ruled that the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit the warrantless search and seizure of garbage placed on the curb for collection.
- People v. Krivda, 5 Cal.3d 357 (1971).
- United States v. Calandra, 414 U.S. 338 (1974).
- State v. Hauser, 342 N.C. 382 (1976).
- United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984).
- Sanders, Alain L. "Lifting the Lid on Garbage." Time, May 30, 1988.
- Shanoff, Barry. "Garbage is Public Property on Curb." World Wastes, June 1998, p. 74.
- Uviller, H. Richard. "The Fourth Amendment: Does it Protect Your Garbage?" The Nation, October 10, 1988.
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