Mapp v. Ohio

Mapp v. Ohio

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  • Unlawful Entry
  • You can't come in!
  • You're coming down town!
  • We suspect you are harboring a fugitive. We also found obscene, illegal photographs.
  • Convicted
  • I recognize the illegal entrance, but those photos are prohibited in the State of Ohio.
  • The Ruling
  • I'm a free woman!
  • In 1957 Cleveland, police officers forcefully entered the home of Dollree Mapp without a proper search warrant. Mapp was suspected of harboring a bomb suspect. Police found no suspect but came across lewd books and pictures. The possession of these books and photos was prohibited under Ohio state law.  
  • Mapp was convicted for violating Ohio state law under illegally obtained evidence. Ohio Supreme Court heard the case on appeal and recognized the unlawfulness of the search but upheld the conviction. The state had established, they were not required to abide by exclusionary rule.   
  • On June 19, 1961, The Supreme Court denounced the Ohio Court decision in 6-3 ruling. Justice Tom C. Clark argued that the Fourth Amendment strictly implies that the evidence obtained in violation of the Amendment is Unconstitutional. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.  
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