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Davis v. Mississippi

United States Supreme Court
394 U.S. 721 (1969)


Facts

The police were investigating a rape and had only a general description of the suspect and a set of fingerprints taken from the scene of the crime. Davis (defendant), along with 24 other individuals fitting the description, was detained at a police station for interrogation and fingerprinting. Davis’s prints were found to match those at the scene. At trial, Davis argued that his fingerprints should be excluded from evidence because his seizure violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The state court disagreed, admitted the fingerprints into evidence, and convicted Davis. The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the conviction. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Harlan, J.)

Dissent (Stewart, J.)

Dissent (Black, J.)

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