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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Chimel v. California
Citation:395 U.S. 752, 89 S.Ct. 2034, 23 L.Ed.2d 685.
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
Three police officers went to the defendant’s home to arrest him for a burglary of a coin shop. The officers asked for permission to “look around.” The defendant objected, but the officers nonetheless conducted a search. No search warrant had been issued.
The officers looked through the entire three-bedroom house, including the attic, the garage, and a small workshop. In the master bedroom and sewing room, the officers directed the defendant’s wife to open drawers and move objects around. After completing the search, they seized numerous items – primarily coins, but also several medals, tokens, and a few other objects. The entire search took between 45 minutes and an hour.
At the defendant’s trial, the items taken from his house were admitted into evidence against him, over his objection that the search violated the Fourth Amendment. He was convicted.
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