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Breithaupt v. Abram, Warden
United States Supreme Court
352 U.S. 432 (1957)
Paul Breithaupt (defendant) was driving his pickup on a New Mexico highway when he collided with another vehicle, killing three people. Police found a nearly empty pint bottle of whiskey in Breithaupt’s glove compartment. While Breithaupt remained unconscious in the emergency room, police ordered a blood sample drawn, which confirmed a blood-alcohol percentage over the legal limit. Breithaupt was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sought post-conviction relief, arguing the blood test violated his substantive due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)
Dissent (Douglas, J.)
Dissent (Warren, C.J.)
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