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DAVIS v. UNITED STATES

Docket No.: 09-11328
Certiorari Granted: 11/01/10
Argued: March 21, 2011
Decided: 06/16/11

Topics:

Article I, Bill of Rights, Equal Protection Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Miranda, Sixth Amendment, criminal procedure, habeas, habeas corpus, harmless error, judicial review, qualified immunity, stare decisis

PartyNames: Willie Gene Davis v. United States
Petitioner: Willie Gene Davis
Respondent: United States

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Citation: 598 F.3d 1259

Willie Gene Davis
v.
United States
Question Presented:

In United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984), this Court created a good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule of the Fourth Amendment. The Court has expanded the good-faith exception over time, most recently in Herring v. United States, __ U.S.__, 129 S.Ct. 695 (2009). Petitioner asks the Court to resolve a deepening split in the lower courts over whether the good-faith exception applies to changing interpretations of law. The question presented is this: "Whether the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule applies to a search authorized by precedent at the time of the search that is subsequently ruled unconstitutional."

Question:

Does the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule apply to a search that was authorized by precedent at the time of the search but is subsequently ruled unconstitutional?

DAVIS v. UNITED STATES
ORAL ARGUMENT

03/21/11

Listen to Oral Argument in DAVIS v. UNITED STATES
Holding: affirmed
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:

DAVIS v. UNITED STATES
Case Documents

1DAVIS v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Audio (March 21, 2011)
2DAVIS v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
3DAVIS v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
4Opinion in DAVIS v. UNITED STATES
5DAVIS v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
6DAVIS v. UNITED STATES Oral Argument Audio
Additional documents for this case are pending review.