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Samson v. California

Docket No.: 04-9728
Certiorari Granted: Sep 27 2005
Argued: February 22, 2006
Decided: June 19, 2006

Topics:

Criminal Procedure, Search and Seizure

PartyNames: Donald Curtis Samson v. California
Petitioner: Donald Curtis Samson
Respondent: California

Court Below: Court of Appeal of California, First Appellate District

Donald Curtis Samson
v.
California
547 U.S. 843 (2006)
Question Presented:

Does the Fourth Amendment prohibit police from conducting a warrantless search of a person who is subject to a parole search condition, where there is no suspicion of criminal wrongdoing and the sole reason for the search is that the person is on parole?

Question:

Did the Fourth Amendment prohibit police from conducting a warrantless search of a person who was subject to a parole search condition, where there was no suspicion of criminal wrongdoing and the sole reason for the search was because the person was on parole?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 6-3
Opinion By: Justice Clarence Thomas
Read SAMSON V. CALIFORNIA opinion (PDF)
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