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Soldal v. Cook County

Significance, Impact, The Plain View Exception


Edward Soldal et ux.


Cook County, Illinois, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

The seizure and removal of their mobile home by a property manager, overseen by police officers, was a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

John L. Stainthorp

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Kenneth L. Gillis

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

8 December 1992


The Fourth Amendment protects persons from deprivations of property such as the one that occurred in this case.

Related Cases

  • Warden, Maryland Penitentiary v. Hayden, 387 U.S. 294 (1967).
  • Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967).
  • United States v. Place, 462 U.S. 696 (1983).
  • United States v. Jacobsen, 466 U.S. 109 (1984).


Levy, Leonard W., ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

Further Readings

  • New York Times, December 9, 1992.
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law. St. Paul: West Group, 1998.

Additional topics

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