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Mapp v. Ohio Viewing Guide

Access our Homework Help video on the landmark Supreme Court case Mapp v. Ohio and use our viewing guide below to follow along!

Overview: In 1957, the Cleveland Police Department searched Dollree Mapp’s house without a warrant and seized evidence that was later used to prosecute her. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court determined that using any illegally seized evidence in a court of law was a violation of the Fourth Amendment. This principle was incorporated to apply to the states through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

  1. What does the fourth amendment protect?
  2. At what level of government did the Fourth Amendment originally apply to?
  3. What is incorporation?
  4. Why did the police enter Dollree Mapp’s home? What crime did they end up charging her with?
  5. What argument did A.L. Kearns make in defense of Mapp?
  6. Who wrote the majority opinion? What constitutional principle did the majority believe they were upholding?
  7. Who wrote the dissenting opinion? What constitutional principle did the dissenting justices believe they were upholding?
  8. Do you agree or disagree with the ruling that the Supreme Court made? Explain your answer.

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