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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Smith v. Maryland
Citation:442 U.S. 735 (1979)
Smith (Defendant) was charged with robbery after his telephone company, at the police’s request, installed a pen register to record the numbers dialed from the phone at his home. The victim had been receiving threatening phone calls from a man identifying himself as the individual who had robbed her, and after the police obtained Smith’s phone data, she was able to identify Smith from a lineup. At trial, Smith argued that this search violated his Fourth Amendment rights, but he was convicted of the crime after the district court declined to suppress the evidence obtained from the pen register.
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