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Lawrence v. Texas
Citation:539 U.S. 558 (2003)
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Officers of the Harris County Police Department were dispatched to a private residence in response to a reported weapons disturbance. They entered an apartment where one of the defendants, John Geddes Lawrence, resided. The right of the police to enter does not seem to have been questioned. The officers observed Lawrence and another man, Tyron Garner, engaging in a sexual act. They were arrested and were later convicted of violating a Texas law that prohibited such conduct.
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