You are suspect in one of this neighborhood's recent bombings. We are going to search your house.
Do you have a warrant?
Search the house.
This is outrageous! My attorney will hear about this!
A few hours later...
It was found that Mapp was in possession of inappropriate content, some of which was books, in violation of Ohio's code 2905.34
Being in possession of that content is illegal! Arrest this woman!
You do not have a warrant! I can take you to court for this!
I found these!
The Ohio State Supreme Court...
The officers found inappropriate content in the house, a clear violation of Ohio's code 2905.34.
My client claims that the officers searching the house did not have a warrant! This makes your argument invalid!
Mapp lost the case, and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the Supreme Court, the question was whether Mapp's violation of the Ohio revised code overruled the part of the Fourth Amendment that said a search could not be conducted without a warrant.
Mapp won the case in a 6-3 decision, with Associate Justice Tom Clark delivering the majority opinion. In his opinion, he said," nothing can destroy a government more quickly than failure to observe its own laws. " He meant that even if Mapp was breaking an Ohio law with her possession of inappropriate content, the fact that the officers did not have a warrant with which to search her home overruled everything else in the case.