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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Maryland v. Buie
Citation:494 U.S. 325 (1990)
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On February 3, 1986, two men committed an armed robbery of a Godfather’s Pizza restaurant in Maryland. One of the robbers was wearing a red running suit. That same day, the police obtained arrest warrants for respondent James Buie and his suspected accomplice in the robbery, Lloyd Allen. On February 5, the police executed the arrest warrant for Buie. Six or seven officers proceeded to Buie’s house and once inside, they shouted into the basement, ordering anyone down there to come out. Eventually, Buie emerged from the basement. He was arrested, searched and handcuffed by the police. Thereafter, the officers entered the basement in case there was someone else down there and they noticed a red running suit lying in plain view on a stack of clothing and seized it. Buie sought to suppress the running suit.
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