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Richards v. Wisconsin

Significance, The Police Knock On Richards's Door, The Supreme Court Strikes A Balance


Steiney Richards


State of Wisconsin

Petitioner's Claim

That police violated his Fourth Amendment rights by using deception and force to enter his hotel room on a drug-related case.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioner

Henry Schultz, David Karpe, John Wesley Hall, Jr.

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

James E. Doyle, Stephen W. Kleinmaier

Justices for the Court

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

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 April 1997


That the evidence in this case established the reasonableness of the officers' decision not to knock and announce their presence, and thus there was no Fourth Amendment violation.

Related Cases

  • Wilson v. Arkansas 514 U.S. 927 (1995).
  • State v. Stevens 515 U.S. 1102 (1995).

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