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MINNESOTA v. DICKERSON

Docket No.: 91-2019
Argued: March 3, 1993
Decided: June 7, 1993

Topics:

Amendment 4: Fourth Amendment, Criminal Procedure, Search and Seizure, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, privacy, probable cause, search and seizure, searches and seizures

PartyNames: MINNESOTA v. DICKERSON
Petitioner: Minnesota
Respondent: Dickerson

Citation: 481 N. W. 2d 840
Supreme Court Docket

Minnesota
v.
Dickerson
508 U.S. 366 (1993)
Other Citations: (113 S.Ct. 2130, 124 L.Ed.2d 334)
Question:

When a police officer detects contraband through his or her sense of touch during a protective patdown search, does the Fourth Amendment permit its seizure and subsequent introduction into evidence? Was the police officer who frisked Dickerson adhering to the Fourth Amendment when he formed the belief, through his sense of touch, that the lump in Dickerson's jacket pocket was cocaine?

MINNESOTA v. DICKERSON
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 3, 1993

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Minnesota, 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 5-4
Majority: White,Stevens,O'Connor,Scalia,Kennedy,Souter
Concurring: Scalia,Rehnquist,Chief Justice Roberts Blackmun,Thomas,post,p
Dissenting: Rehnquist,Chief Justice Roberts,Blackmun,Thomas
Opinion By:
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