Mapp v. Ohio

Updated: 3/18/2021
Mapp v. Ohio

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  • Ohio, 1961
  • You there! Are you Dollree Mapp?
  • 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.