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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:
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