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United States v. Edwards


The Edwards decision resolved a split between federal courts and established that police do not need a search warrant to seize articles from arrested persons after the booking process is completed. Depending on the facts of the case, a warrantless search or seizure of a jailed person might still be ruled unconstitutional. However, the Edwards Court omitted any specific guidelines for time limitations on the right of police officers to seize the clothes of a person who has been arrested and jailed.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980United States v. Edwards - Significance, Impact