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Thornton v. United States

Docket No.: 03-5165
Argued: March 31, 2004
Decided: May 24, 2004

Topics:

Amendment 4: Fourth Amendment, Criminal Procedure, Search and Seizure, Vehicles, Fourth Amendment, Truth in Lending, privacy, probable cause, search and seizure, stare decisis, warrantless search

PartyNames: Marcus Thornton v. United States
Petitioner: Marcus Thornton
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: CA 4, 325 F.3d 189. QUESTION PRESENTED: Whether the bright-line rule announced in New York v. Belton is confined tosituations in which the police initiate contact with the occupant of a vehicle while that person is in the vehicle? CERT. GRANTED: 11/3/03
Supreme Court Docket

Marcus Thornton
v.
United States
541 U.S. 615 (2004)
Question Presented:

Whether the bright-line rule announced in New York v. Belton is confined tosituations in which the police initiate contact with the occupant of a vehicle while that person is in the vehicle? CERT. GRANTED: 11/3/03

Question:

Under the "search incident to arrest" exception to the Fourth Amendment, may police search the vehicle of a person they have arrested if they did not make contact with him until after he left the vehicle?

Note:

. CA 4, 325 F.3d 189.

Thornton v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 31, 2004

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for United States, 2 vote(s) against
Vote: 7-2

Thornton v. United States
Case Documents

1Slip Opinion in Thornton v. United States (Opinion by )
2Opinion in Thornton v. United States
3Opinion in Thornton v. United States
Additional documents for this case are pending review.