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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Lee
Florida v. Riley
Citation:488 U.S. 445 (1989)
Riley (Defendant) was accused of growing marijuana in his greenhouse after officers viewed it by circling over his property in a helicopter. After receiving an anonymous tip, an officer discovered he could not see the contents of Riley’s greenhouse (which was located 10 to 20 feet behind Riley’s mobile home) from the road, so he circled over it in a helicopter at 400 feet and was able to see through the openings in the roof with his naked eye. At trial, Riley argued that the officers’ aerial search in a helicopter violated the Fourth Amendment.
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