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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
New York v. Burger
Citation:482 U.S. 691 (1987)
Respondent Joseph Burger is the owner of a junkyard in Brooklyn, N.Y. On November 17, 1982, officers from the New York City Police Department entered respondent’s junkyard to conduct an inspection pursuant to the N.Y. law. Upon entering the junkyard, the officers asked to see Burger’s license and his police book – the record of the automobiles and parts in his possession. Burger relied that he had neither of them. The officers then announced their intention to conduct an inspection, which Burger did not object. The officers copied down the Vehicle Identification Number of several vehicles that were in the junkyard. After checking these numbers against a police computer, the officers determined that respondent was in possession of stolen vehicles. Accordingly, Burger was arrested for possession of stolen property. Burger asserts that the vehicle numbers were obtained in an unlawful manner by the police.
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