Bumper v. North Carolina
United States Supreme Court
391 U.S. 543 (1968)
Bumper (defendant) lived with his grandmother, Hattie Leath. Police suspected Bumper of committing a rape. While investigating the crime, police went to Leath’s home, told her they had a search warrant, and then asked for her consent to search the home. Leath consented to the search, and the officers found a rifle allegedly used to commit the crime. Bumper was arrested for the rape and moved to suppress the rifle from evidence. The trial court, finding that Leath’s consent to the search had been valid, denied Bumper’s motion. Bumper was convicted and appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which affirmed the trial court’s denial of the motion. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
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