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Horton v. California

United States Supreme Court
496 U.S. 128 (1990)


Facts

The police obtained probable cause that Horton (defendant) was the one responsible for an armed robbery. The police obtained a warrant to search Horton’s home only for the proceeds of the robbery, though the affidavit for the warrant also described the weapons used in the robbery and not just the proceeds. Pursuant to the warrant, the police searched Horton’s home where they did not find the proceeds of the robbery but they did find the weapons used in the robbery lying in plain view. At trial, a police officer testified that he was interested in finding the weapons while he searched Horton’s home, so the weapons were not found “inadvertently.” The trial court allowed the evidence of the weapons to be admitted at trial and Horton was convicted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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