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Arizona v. Johnson

Docket No.: 07-1122
Certiorari Granted: Jun 23 2008
Argued: December 9, 2008
Decided: January 26, 2009

Topic:

Fourth Amendment

PartyNames: Arizona v. Lemon Montrea Johnson
Petitioner: Arizona
Respondent: Lemon Montrea Johnson

Court Below: Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division Two

Arizona
v.
Lemon Montrea Johnson
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Question Presented:

In the context of a vehicular stop for a minor traffic infraction, may an officer conduct a pat-down search of a passenger when the officer has an articulable basis to believe the passenger might be armed and presently dangerous, but has no reasonable grounds to believe that the passenger is committing, or has committed, a criminal offense?

Question:

Do officers violate the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures when, after making a routine traffic stop, they search an individual who is consensually conversing with those officers?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Arizona, 0 vote(s) against
Opinion By:
Read ARIZONA V. JOHNSON opinion (PDF)
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