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Collins v. Virginia

138 S. Ct. 1663 (2018)

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Collins v. Virginia

United States Supreme Court

138 S. Ct. 1663 (2018)

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Facts

Ryan Collins (defendant) lived in a house with a driveway that ran from the street, along the front lawn and down the side of the house, extending several yards past the front of the house and abutting the house. The portion of the driveway abutting the house was partially enclosed by a brick wall approximately the height of a car. Collins’s motorcycle was under a tarp in this partially enclosed portion of the driveway when a police officer walked up the driveway and conducted a warrantless search of the motorcycle. Collins was indicted for receiving stolen property and filed a motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the warrantless search of the motorcycle. The trial court denied the motion, and Collins was convicted. The Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court both affirmed the conviction. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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Holding and Reasoning (Sotomayor, J.)

Concurrence (Thomas, J.)

Dissent (Alito, J.)

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