Monroe v. Pape
Significance, A Turbulent Time, An Energetic Mistake, Equal Protection And The States, Impact
Monroe, et al.
Pape, et al.
That a warrantless search of their home by police, which included demeaning treatment of the entire family, gave the Monroe family cause to bring suit for civil damages against the city of Chicago and the police officers involved in the search.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Donald Page Moore
Chief Lawyer for Respondents
Sydney R. Drebin
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Felix Frankfurter, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker
Date of Decision
20 February 1961
Upheld the petitioners' claim and overturned two lower court rulings dismissing their right to pursue civil damages against police authorities, while affirming the lower courts' dismissal of petitioners' claims against the city of Chicago.
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