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Spinelli v. United States
Citation:393 U.S. 410 (1969)
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Spinelli (Respondent) was convicted of traveling from St. Louis to an Illinois suburb with the intent of engaging in illegal gambling. He challenged the constitutionality of the search warrant which uncovered the evidence necessary for his conviction, as officers rested primarily on statements from an undisclosed informant in order to get the warrant approved. The informant who told FBI agents that Spinelli was operating a handbook and accepting wagers and disseminating wagering information through the phone, in violation of gambling laws.
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