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Michigan v. Long
David Long was convicted for possession of marijuana found by police in the passenger compartment and trunk of the automobile that he was driving. The police searched the passenger compartment because they had reason to believe that the vehicle contained weapons potentially dangerous to the officers. The police argued the search was conducted to protect the officers and any nearby citizens. The Michigan Supreme Court held that the search was not justified and suppressed the evidence. The State of Michigan appealed this decision to the Supreme Court.
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