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New Jersey v. T.L.O.

Significance, Do Students Have The Same Right To Protection Against Unreasonable Search?




New Jersey

Petitioner's Claim

That her Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure had been violated.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Lois De Julio

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Allan J. Nodes

Justices for the Court

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

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

15 January 1985


Her Fourth Amendment rights had not been violated and illegal drugs found in her purse were admissible as evidence in juvenile proceedings.

Related Cases

  • West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975).
  • Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977).


Findlaw. http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html.


Further Readings

  • Foldesy, George, and Dan King. "Strip Search in Schools: Beyond the Boundries of the Law?" The Clearing House, May-June 1995, p. 275.
  • Lieberman, Jethro K. The Evolving Constitution. New York: Random House, 1992.
  • Seidman, Louis M., Gerald R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, Mark V. Tushnet. Constitutional Law. Little, Brown and Company, 1986.

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