California v. Ciraolo
United States Supreme Court
476 U.S. 207 (1986)
Santa Clara Police Officers went to Ciraolo’s (defendant) home to investigate an anonymous tip that marijuana was being grown in the backyard. The yard was shielded from view by a six-foot perimeter fence and a ten-foot interior fence. The officers then flew over the house in a private plane and observed marijuana growing in the yard. The officers took photos with a standard 35 mm camera from a distance of 1,000 feet. Using the anonymous tip and the photos, police were able to secure a search warrant on September 8, 1982. The following day police seized 73 marijuana plants from Ciraolo’s property. The California Court of Appeals reversed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to address whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits the warrantless aerial observation of an enclosed area within the curtilage of a home from a distance of 1,000 feet.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)
Dissent (Powell, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 174,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.