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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Warden v. Hayden
Citation:387 U.S. 294, 87 S.Ct. 1642, 18 L.Ed.2d 782.
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About 8 a.m. on March 17, 1962, an armed robber entered the business premises of the Diamond Cab Company in Baltimore, Maryland. He took over $300 and ran. Two cab drivers in the vicinity followed the man to his home and relayed the information to police. Within minutes, police arrived at the house in a number of patrol cars. An officer knocked and announced their presence. The defendant’s wife, Mrs. Hayden, answered, and the officers told her they believed that a robber had entered the house, and asked to search the house. She offered no objection.
The officers spread out through the first and second floors and the cellar in search of the robber. The defendant was found in an upstairs bedroom feigning sleep. He was arrested when the officers on the first floor and in the cellar reported that no other man was in the house. Evidence of the robbery was found in the home and was used against the defendant at his trial. He was convicted. He appealed, arguing that the search was invalid since the police did not have a warrant.
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