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