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California v Greenwood
Transcript of California v Greenwood
486 US 35
One Man's Trash...
Weeks, 1914, and Mapp, 1961, the Court examined the meaning of the security of the home. The Court ruled that no warrant at all would result in the exclusion of evidence, gained in violation of a citizen's due process rights, from trials in both State and federal courts.
Cased Argued: Monday, January 11, 1988
Case Decided: Monday, May 16, 1988
Justices Vote: 6-2
Rulings & Outcomes
The ruling of the Court: The 4th amendment does not prohibit the search and seizure without a warrant of garbage that is left out
Officer Jenny Jones
searching garbage without warrant
Throwing away drug related items
Katz v. United States, 1967- "what a person knowingly exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of 4th Amendment protection…. "
Byron R. White
William J. Brennan Jr.
Did Not Participate
"It is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops and other members of the public."
Requiring a warrant to search an area to which the public has access is inappropriate and unnecessary.
Opinion of the Court
Marshall and Brennan felt that going through trash was against the social norm and that the garbage can contain intimate details of the person that produced it.
*HOW TO REMEMBER*
Garbage trucks are