Arizona v. Hicks
United States Supreme Court
480 U.S. 321 (1987)
A bullet was shot through the floor of Hick’s (defendant) apartment and injured a man living below. While police were lawfully searching the apartment as part of the investigation, one of the officers noticed some expensive stereo equipment. Suspecting the equipment had been stolen, the officer moved the equipment so he could see the serial numbers. He reported the serial numbers to another officer at headquarters and learned that a certain piece of equipment had in fact been stolen. The officer seized the stolen equipment immediately. Based on the serial numbers, it was later determined that some of the other equipment had been stolen as well and a warrant was issued to obtain the equipment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)
Dissent (Powell, J.)
Dissent (O’Connor, J.)
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